5 days ago
February 25, 2011
"Room" by Emma Donoghue
In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary.
"A book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up, the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days."
Audrey Niffeneger (author of The Time Travelers Wife).
I included Ms. Neffeneger's quote cause that's exactly the way I felt after reading this book. It was breathtaking and heartwrenching.