Room (Paperback)

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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



Product Details
ISBN: 9787020088294
ISBN-10: 7020088295
Publisher: Ren Min Wen Xue Chu Ban She/Tsai Fong Books
Publication Date: February 2012
Pages: 328
Language: Chinese