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Governor General's Literary Award - Finalist

“Buzz” panel at 2010 BEA convention - Selection

CBC's Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade - Selection

CBS Today Show 8 Great Picks for Fall - Selection

Globe and Mail Top 100 - Selection

Indie Next List (September) - Selection

Library Journal's Top 10 Books of 2010 - Selection

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010 - Selection

New York Times Book Review Best 10 Books of 2010 - Selection

NPR's Best Literary Conversation Starters of 2010 - Selection

Quill and Quire's Best Books of 2010 (Fiction and Poetry) - Selection

Quill & Quire's Books of the Year - Selection

The New Yorker Best Books of 2010 - Selection

Vancouver Sun's Top 10 Canadian Books of 2010 - Selection

Galaxy National Book Awards (International Author of the Year) - Shortlisted

Man Booker Prize for Fiction - Shortlisted

Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year (Irish Book Awards) - Winner

Indigo's Fan Choice Read for 2010 - Winner

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize - Winner

NOW’s Top 10 Books of 2011 - #2

Publisher’s Lunch 'Best of the Best 2010 Fiction' - #2

Trillium Book Award - Finalist

CLA Young Adult Book Award - Honour Book

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2012) - Longlisted

Orange Prize for Fiction - Shortlisted

ABA Indies Choice Book Awards - Adult Fiction Book of the Year - Winner

CBA Libris Awards - Fiction Book of the Year - Winner

CBC Book Club Award for Best Scene (Jack’s escape) and Best Opening Line - Winner

Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean) - Winner

Forest of Reading (2011) Evergreen Award - Winner

Galaxy National Book Award: WHSmith Paperback of the Year - Winner

Orange Prize Youth Panel - Winner

About the Book

WINNER! 2010 Rogers Writers' Trust Award for Fiction

SHORTLISTED for the 2010 Man Booker Prize

SHORTLISTED for the 2010 Governor General's Award

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It’s where he was born and where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in caseOld Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where Old Nick has kept her for seven years, since she was nineteen. Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it’s not enough for either ofthem. Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s desperation -- and Room can’t contain either of them for much longer...

Told entirely in the inventive, often funny voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of the resilient bond between parent and child, and a brilliantly executed novel about a journey from one world to another.

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Critical Praise

"I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before."
- Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife () —

“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: 9781554688319
  • ISBN 10: 1554688310
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 09/07/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 29.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

Room by Emma Donoghue

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