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To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world. It’s where he was born. It’s where he and 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, where Ma 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 Ma’s 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.

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Critical Praise

“Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can’t compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it’s potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory.” —Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours

“Claustrophobic, controversial, brilliant . . . inventive, tense, and stringently intelligent.” —Maclean's

“Remarkable . . . heartrending. . . . Both gripping and poignant, it’s a tribute to human resourcefulness and resilience and extremity, and a stirring portrait of a mother’s devotion.” —Toronto Star

“An astounding, terrifying novel.” —The New Yorker

“Thrilling and at moments palm-sweatingly harrowing.” —New York Times Book Review

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443413695
  • ISBN 10: 1443413690
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 06/26/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: 10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

Room by Emma Donoghue

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