Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue (2010)
One of my favorite aspects of this engrossing read is the narrator, a charming five-year-old boy named Jack. He and his mother, affectionately called Ma, are held captive in a tiny 11×11 room by a man identified only as Old Nick. Jack is perfectly content in this intimate environment, oblivious to the imprisonment that Ma struggles to deal with. It is Jack’s energetic voice that guides the reader through their daily routine that includes running on a homemade track, reading and watching TV. He introduces objects that are also his friends such as Rug, Bed and Dresser while showcasing his active imagination.

Gradually Jack learns that there is a whole universe outside the walls of Room and with this knowledge the novel shifts. Although I do not want to give too much of the plot away, more characters are introduced and the relationship between Jack and Ma is tested. I read this book in one sitting, glued to the couch because I had to know what happened next. Truly a beautiful and harrowing book that will stay with you long after you have finished.

Read an interview with the author and explore the Room.

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