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Room
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It's where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack's imagination—the snake under...
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It's where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack's imagination—the snake under...
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  • To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It's where he was born, where he and his Ma eat 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 below 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 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 her own desperation—and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

    Told in the poignant and funny voice of Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child. It is a shocking, exhilarating, and riveting novel—but always deeply human and always moving. Room is a place you will never forget.

 

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  • Emma Donoghue, born in Dublin in 1969, is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose novels include the New York Times bestseller Room, as well as the bestselling Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Landing, Life Mask, Hood, and Stirfry. Her story collections are The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, Kissing the Witch, and Touchy Subjects. She also writes literary history and plays for stage and radio. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their children.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 25, 2010
    Five-year-old Jack and his Ma live and eat and play and sleep in one room—an 11×11-foot space that is their prison—captives of the terrifying man Jack calls Old Nick. But as Jack grows older and more curious, it becomes clear that the room will not be able to hold him and Ma forever. Michal Friedman shines as Jack; her narration is haunting and compelling in its every inflection and tone. The voice she creates for Jack is so convincing, listeners may even mistake her for an actual child. Her powerful performance is complemented by Robert Petcoff's sinister Old Nick, and Ellen Archer's portrayal of resourceful Ma, whose gentle voice is infused with patience, terror, and hope. The chemistry between the players creates a gem of an audiobook that will haunt listeners long after the story's end. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, July 12).

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from July 12, 2010
    At the start of Donoghue's powerful new novel, narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. Seen entirely through Jack's eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel—there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense—are astonishing. Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful, creating exercise games, makeshift toys, and reading and math lessons to fill their days. And while Donoghue (Slammerkin) brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity, the story's intensity cranks up dramatically when, halfway through the novel and after a nail-biting escape attempt, Jack is introduced to the outside world. While there have been several true-life stories of women and children held captive, little has been written about the pain of re-entry, and Donoghue's bravado in investigating that potentially terrifying transformation grants the novel a frightening resonance that will keep readers rapt.

  • AudioFile Magazine Meet Jack. He's 5 today, and he celebrates with Ma in Room, where he has lived his entire life. This harrowing tale of long-term captivity and its effects is narrated flawlessly by Michal Friedman and Ellen Archer, who voice Jack and Ma with depth and feeling. The two additional narrators, Robert Petkoff and Suzanne Toren, deliver perfectly nuanced supporting characters. Told from Jack's perspective, the story recounts his and Ma's days in Room, where they're held hostage by Old Nick, and the planning of their Great Escape. Once it happens, however, assimilation into life outside proves to be less seamless than Ma anticipated. Friedman's Jack is winsome, lovable, and thoroughly credible. Expressing a 5-year-old's emotions amid subject matter like this is an enormous undertaking, and Friedman delivers. K.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
  • Library Journal

    Starred review from April 1, 2011

    Five-year-old Jack lives with his mother ("Ma") in a small room ("Room"), where they've been imprisoned since her abduction by a stranger ("Old Nick") seven years earlier. Within Room, Ma creates for Jack a loving universe to help him thrive and shield him from the reality of their situation. As Jack describes the rhythm of his and Ma's days, the listener is drawn with terrible dread into that tiny space--e.g., Wardrobe, where Jack sleeps, and Skylight, their only source of natural light. Michael Friedman, voicing Jack, perfectly renders a five-year-old in expression and pace, and Ellen Archer's portrayal of Ma, too, adds depth and immediacy. Robert Petkoff sinisterly renders Old Nick, while Suzanne Toren chimes in to narrate the other characters the pair encounter along their way to a different life. Rife fodder for writing classes and book clubs, Donoghue's (www.emmadonoghue.com) disturbing but powerful tale is especially compelling in its depiction of the extraordinary courage and love of its two central characters. Highly recommended. [A 2011 Audie Award nominee; the Alex Award-winning Little, Brown hc was a 2010 LJ Best Book and also received a starred review, LJ 8/10.--Ed.]--Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX

    Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Liz Raftery, The Boston Globe "A riveting, powerful novel."
  • Sara Nelson, O Magazine "A novel so disturbing that we defy you to stop thinking about it."

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