This week’s featured book:
Author: Emma Donoghue
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 beneath Ma's clothes, where she 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.
I was hesitant at first to read this book, not sure what to expect. Just the thought of what this story is based upon is very disturbing. Furthermore, it takes incredible talent to write the story through the eyes and mind of a very young child, and I wasn’t sure the writer would pull it off.
Emma Donoghue does a brilliant job of placing the reader in young Jack's shoes, and telling the tale from his perspective. It’s a shocking and endearing story about the strong bond between a mother and child, psychological survival and the innocence of childhood. And Jack tells you all of it...