Room by Emma Donoghue
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.
This is one of the most amazing, heartbreaking, terrifying, thought-provoking books I have ever read. My heart ached for Ma and her plight and for Jack, who didn’t fully understand. Donoghue perfectly captures a chid’s innocence and a mother’s devotion. I could barely breathe through the climax of the book. I am blown away by how descriptive Donoghue was, using a five-year-old’s language. Every bit of this story was amazing to me, from the first page to the last. A must-read.
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