Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gift Idea: Room by Emma Donoghue

A Novel by Emma Donoghue

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.  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 her 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.

About the Author

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose novels include 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 two small children. For more information, go to


This is the most incredible book I've read in ages. I was 100% engaged from the very first sentence. I seriously doubt I can convey just how moved I was by Room. It is a story unlike any I have ever read before. Emma Donoghue did an incredible job drawing me right in to the world of Jack. I loved that the story was written from Jack's perspective. The story really is so very tragic but it is filled with beautiful moments and humour. It sounds so cheesy but I really did laugh and I really did cry... several times... while reading Room. I couldn't put it down.

In case you can't tell by now I REALLY loved this book and I think you all should immediately go out and purchase a copy for yourself and several copies to give away as Christmas gifts to everyone you know. Really.

Thanks so much to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy of this book to review.


Sweet Mummy said...

REALLY? It was that moving for you? Well, that is saying something! It sounds like I need to get this book!

Amanda Daybyday said...

I'm so glad you posted a review on this book. I saw it as a top pick on my Amazon mailings and have been wanting it, but putting it off. I wish I would have read this post yesterday before I ordered Will's Santa gift. Yes, his Santa gift is coming from Amazon. And no, it's not video game related. He asked for Calvin and Hobbes comic books from Santa. Seriously! What a child. Okay, love you and off to amazon to order $25 worth of books to get my free shipping. :)

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