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Room by Emma Donoghue

10/25/2010

This is a powerful and moving novel told entirely through the eyes of a five-year-old boy, Jack.  The early setting of the book is in a one room shed, which has been the only place Jack has ever known.  Jack spends his days in the room with his mother, playing games, watching tv, and reading stories.  What soon becomes apparent to us is that Jack and his mother are being held captive; in fact she was kidnapped 7 years ago while in college and Jack is the product of their captor’s use for her.  The novel pulls the reader in even more after a thrilling escape which is followed by Jack’s attempts to adjust to an outside world and people that he has never known and his mom’s attempts to deal with her own psychological trauma.  A novel with a story that could have been ripped from the headlines, Room raises a number of deep questions about childhood, relationships, and life.

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