Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: I won a copy at fReado
International Bestseller, Winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean Region), CBA Libris Awards for Fiction Book of the Year and Author of the Year
Finalist for: Man Book Prize, Governor General's Award, Orange Prize for Fiction, Trillium Book Award, Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book
From the cover: To five-year-old Jack Room is the world....
It's where he was born. It's where he and Ma eat and sleep 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 beneath 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 long 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 Ma's own desperation, and she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely...
Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience -- and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.
Review: ROOM is unique. Never before have I read anything quite like it and that is its charm. ROOM is told from the perspective of young Jack, a five-year-old, who is kept captive with his mother in a 11 x 11 foot garden shed. Jack personifies items in the ROOM, such as Rug, TV, Wardrobe, as pronouns, and all he knows is ROOM. Outside is foreign to him. All he knows is Ma, Old Nick and what he can learn from his mother and TV.
To Jack, this is his life. This is normal. This is what there is. But Ma and we, the readers, know better. Shocking, poignant, yet touching, ROOM epitomizes the "something" new that we don't often have the opportunity to come across. The manner of telling the story of captivity from a child's perspective brings a new light to what could otherwise be a horrific tale. With Jack's point of view, it is told in innocence, without actually telling of physical trauma, particularly for his mother, but we know it's there. We read from an adult perspective but see it from a child's. Totally different and, yet, the same.
ROOM is fresh, creative and touching. You will find the story stays with you long after the book is read. You may be altered for it.