WOW. This book was GOOD. I could not put it down, and even when I did put it down it was always in the back of my mind. Shocking and sad and haunting, yet hopeful at the same time. Told in the voice of Jack, a five year old boy who knows of nothing in the world except Room (an 11 x 11 foot space), this is an extremely powerful story that will leave you thinking about the subject for days. An exceptional book that I will never forget.
Synopsis from book cover:
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. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack's imagination - the snake under Bed that he constructs out of egg shells, the imaginary world projected through the TV, the coziness of Wardrobe below 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 has been held since she was nineteen-- for seven 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 her own desperation - and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Told in the poignant and funny voice of Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child. It is a shocking, exhilarating, and riveting novel - but always deeply human and always moving.
Spread the word, Room is breathtaking.