Room by Emma Donoghue is the story of a 19 year old woman abducted from her college campus and held captive for seven years in an 11 x 11 foot  shed. She’s sexually abused nightly by her captor leading to, among other things, pregnancy and a stillborn daughter and then Jack.

The story is told from the viewpoint of five year old Jack and it’s filtered through the lens of his childish naivete and unknowing innocence, which somehow kinda makes all of it that much worse.

Sometimes the implied, the left unsaid, is made more poignant and powerful by its omission. And man oh man, that’s what’s goin’ on in this book. I’m thinkin’ huge fistbumps and jumping chestsmacks for the untold, the unsaid, ’cause that’s what makes Room the stirring story it is.

It’s a disturbingly good book and the best thing I’ve read this year.


Get it and read it and weep. But, you know, in a manly way.

8 responses to “Rooooom.

  1. It may be the best ever but I think it would make my head explode if I read it….maybe cause I have a 19 year old daughter. I will take your word for it on this.

  2. Nah, I agree. If I had a teenage daughter I don’t think I’d want to be reading this either.
    Ya know, the whole head exploding thingy.

  3. I heard about this story on NPR recently and I’ve been dying to read it. Although they didn’t mention that the reason the mom and this kid were in the room is because she was kidnapped. Way to blow it, asshole!

  4. That part better be on the jacket cover or I’m going to kill you.

  5. But now I’m even more eager to read it because I eat that shit up. It’s like Criminal Minds and that story that came out last year about that mom and all her kids who were held hostage for so long. INSANE.

  6. It strains the brain.
    If you want it I’ll send it to, just send it back, ummmkay?

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