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Room by Emma Donoghue.. How could this possibly work? Jack and his mother live in an 11 x 11 foot room where she has been a captive since before Jack's birth. Powerful and strange, this book will alter your vision of the world.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Donoghue navigates beautifully around these limitations.  Jack’s voice is one of the pure triumphs of the novel… Thrilling and at moments palm-sweatingly harrowing… This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses – psychological, sociological, political.  It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live.."

New York Times

"Astounding, terrifying… It’s a testament to Donoghue’s imagination that she is able to fashion radiance from such horror.."

The New Yorker

Author bio: Emma was born in Dublin, Ireland, in October 1969, the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue (the literary critic, Henry James Professor at New York University).  In 1990 I earned a first-class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin (unfortunately, without learning to actually speak French).  I moved to England, and in 1997 received my PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. From the age of 23, I have earned my living as a writer, and have been lucky enough to never have an ‘honest job’ since I was sacked after a month as a chambermaid. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 I settled in London, Ontario. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; 336 pp. Easy, gripping read: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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