Room Lib/E (Compact Disc)

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By Emma Donoghue, Robert Petkoff (Read by), Suzanne Toren (Read by)
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A child’s life is defined by his limited personal experiences. Ma is raising five-year-old Jack to be as engaged as possible within the confines of a small soundproofed garden shed where they are held captive by her kidnapper and his biological father. With Jack narrating this tale we learn about their surprisingly varied daily existence, including regular exercise, both physical and intellectual, where objects like egg shells and a spoon become entertainment, learning tools and friends. Though the premise is horrifying and the story has its cringe-worthy moments like Old Nick’s regular visits when Jack hides in the wardrobe, this is a strangely uplifting story of the connection between mother and child and an affirmation that loving relationships can help you through the darkest of times.
A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2010

— Sydne, Atlanta

Summer '11 Reading Group List


“Room is like no other book I have ever read. This emotionally powerful story of young Jack and his mother who are held in captivity for seven years is both a heart-wrenching testament to the power of the love between a mother and child and a riveting story of overcoming horrible circumstances. Emma Donohue has written one of those rare books that you will remember reading your entire life, as you will be altered by the experience.”
— Lanora Hurley, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI

September 2010 Indie Next List


“Room is like no other book I have ever read. This emotionally powerful story of young Jack and his mother, held in captivity for seven years, is both a heart wrenching testament to the power of the love between a mother and child and a riveting story of overcoming horrible circumstances. Emma Donohue has written one of those rare books that you will remember reading your entire life, as you will be altered by the experience.”
— Lanora Hurley, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI

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To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It's where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack's imagination-the snake under Bed that he constructs out of eggshells, the imaginary world projected through the TV, the coziness of Wardrobe below Ma's clothes, where she tucks him in safely at night in case Old Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it's the prison where she's been held since she was nineteen-for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside her own desperation-and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Told in the poignant and funny voice of Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child. It is a shocking, exhilarating, and riveting novel-but always deeply human and always moving. Room is a place you will never forget.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781609419400
ISBN-10: 1609419405
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: November 1st, 2010
Language: English