Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2010
From the publisher:
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. 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’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating–a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.
I’ve had this one for several years. I kind of avoided reading it when it was first published because everyone seemed to be reading and talking about it. I have a fear of disappointment with extremely popular new books so I tend to wait to read them. I guess I waited longer than normal with this one.
This was published about a year after Jaycee Dugard was found 18 years after her kidnapping. Some of what Jack and his Ma go through in this book are similar to what Jaycee and her two children endured.
I was wary of this one because I knew it was narrated by five-year-old Jack. Child narrators are really hard to pull off but Donoghue makes it work. Because of Jack’s unusual upbringing he’s not expected to speak and interact like other kids his age. I think that helps a lot to make his perspective on things work.
I ended up liking this book much better than I expected to. It’s tough to read because of the subject matter but it’s extremely well done.
I might have to watch the movie adaptation. Have you seen it? Is it any good.