Friday Finds: Room by Emma Donoghue
I’m back working at the bookstore, just for the holidays. This time of year is so much fun and working in retail makes it even more fun (I’m not even being sarcastic). The thing about the bookstore during the holidays is that it’s crazy. Completely nuts. People everywhere, holiday music playing too loudly, books missplaced, all registers going, customers freaking out, coworkers freaking out; I just love it.
In one of our main displays at the bookstore, Room by Emma Donoghue is sitting beside The Help (I simply love The Help). I hadn’t heard of Room so I asked a coworker about it. She really liked it and thought I would too. It seems like it could take a turn for the sentimental, but I’ve been assured by another coworker that it does not, so I think I will give it a read.
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It’s where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in case Old Nick comes.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she’s been held for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for her son. But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s desperation — and she knows Room cannot contain either indefinitely. …
Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.