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ISBN13: 9780316223232
ISBN10: 0316223239
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To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. 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's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

About the Author

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. For more information, visit

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mccaly28, July 7, 2015 (view all comments by mccaly28)
I debated between 3.5 and 4 stars. It's a gripping book full of tragedy and sadness but the juvenile writing was repetitive at times.

This is an incredible ambitious book. Through the eyes of five year old Jack this gruesome picture is painted. We feel not only the confusion he faces but the torn feelings of betrayal and mania and fear that comes at that age. While it's a clever way to tell the story, and gives enough information for us to glean so many tragic details from, Jack seems awfully precocious for a five year old.

The story is fascinating. It has all the suspense and sadness - I was impressed with how much emotion went into the characters and how many feelings they invoke. As aggravating Jack and his fear are he's just a kid, and as justified and consuming as his Ma's feelings are we really get to experience the whole range of their journey.It's a tough emotional story that empathizes with them in a different way.
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Donoghue, Emma
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