To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
Emma Donoghue's ROOM may have a torn-from-the-headlines plot, but it's rendered with such finesse and perception that it quickly surpasses its tawdry origins to become a great work of literature. Borrowing heavily from the long-term forced imprisonments of Elisabeth Fritzl in Austria and Jaycee Lee Dugard in California, ROOM tells the story of a woman kidnapped and locked in a twelve-by-twelve room where she is repeatedly ****** by her captor. The narrator of the story is Jack, her five-year-old boy born in captivity, and his distorted view of reality--a place where the nightly news on the television and the fairy tales told to him by his mother are equally plausible and implausible--is both surreal and utterly compelling. Jack's horrible yet, at times, wonderfully sweet life becomes forever altered in the second half of the book, "Outside," where Jack and his mother grapple with the media circus and million indignities of the outside world. A powerful, exquisitely rendered book, ROOM demonstrates the light that a great writer like Donoghue can shine on a strange and sordid subject, revealing its profound and hidden human meaning. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2010.
- Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- General, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Family + Friendship, Action + Thrillers, Psychology
- May 18, 2011
- May 18, 2011
- Emma Donoghue