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by Emma Donoghue

"The narrator of Emma Donoghue’s Room is a 5-year-old boy who leads a busy life. 'We have thousands of things to do every morning,' Jack tells the reader, and he seems to mean it. Jack is a smart, eager kid with a great imagination and unlimited energy. But he and his mother have been trapped in the 11-by-11-foot room of the title since the day he was born. Room is a place of such warmth, fun, intimacy and soothing routine that Jack is content there. For his 26-year-old Ma, it’s a very different story...." -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times