Emma Donoghue


Emma Donoghue's story of a mother and son living in captivity is told through the eyes of five-year-old Jack, who has never been outside the 11x11 foot enclosure he calls "Room." Donoghue's narrative voice stays wonderfully true to the innocence of a child's point of view, while still managing to convey the terrible circumstances that Jack and his mother live in. Although the situation is grim, the story is not: ultimately, it's a moving testament to resilience, and the bond between a mother and her child.

Room won the 2010 Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, Caribbean and Canada. It was also a finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and the 2011 Orange Prize.

A film adaptation of Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, was released in 2015. The film picked up several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay (Emma Donoghue).

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Ma takes her pill from the silver pack that has twenty-eight little spaceships and I take a vitamin from the bottle with the boy doing a handstand and she takes one from the big bottle with a picture of a woman doing Tennis. Vitamins are medicine for not getting sick and going back to Heaven yet. I never want to go, I don't like dying but Ma says it might be OK when we're a hundred and tired of playing. Also she takes a killer. Sometimes she takes two, never more than two, because some things are good for us but too much is suddenly bad.

From Room by Emma Donoghue ©2010. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.