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. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack's imagination-the snake under Bed that he constructs out of eggshells, the imaginary world projected through the TV, the coziness of Wardrobe below Ma's clothes, where she tucks him in safely at night in case Old Nick comes.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it's the prison where she's been held since she was nineteen-for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside her own desperation-and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Told in the poignant and funny voice of Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child. It is a shocking, exhilarating, and riveting novel-but always deeply human and always moving. Room is a place you will never forget.
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About the Author
Michal Friedman (1967-2011) was a singer and voice actress. She was the voice of Annalise in Speed Racer, Tildie Soames in Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, and Tune in Winx Club, among others.
Ellen Archer is an award-winning narrator, actress, and singer with a degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed extensively on the New York stage and in regional theaters. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.
Suzanne Toren, award-winning narrator, has over thirty years of experience in narration. She was named a "Golden Voice" by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She has won the American Foundation for the Blind's Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year, AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture, and she is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. She performs on and off Broadway and in regional theaters and has appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.
A novel so disturbing that we defy you to stop thinking about it, days later.-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"
Be warned: once you enter, you'll be Donoghue's willing prisoner right down to the last page.-- "Newsweek"
Riveting....Such a story, such a mother!....[Donoghue] gracefully distills what it means to be a mother--and what it's like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11.-- " Entertainment Weekly"
One of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year.-- "Washington Post"
Jack's voice is one of the pure triumphs of the novel: in him, she has invented a child narrator who is one of the most engaging in years.-- "New York Times Book Review"
This harrowing tale of long-term captivity and its effects is narrated flawlessly by Michal Friedman and Ellen Archer, who voice Jack and Ma with depth and feeling. The two additional narrators, Robert Petkoff and Suzanne Toren, deliver perfectly nuanced supporting characters...Friedman's Jack is winsome, lovable, and thoroughly credible. Expressing a five-year-old's emotions amid subject matter like this is an enormous undertaking, and Friedman delivers. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Room is likely to haunt readers for days, if not longer. It is, hands down, one of the best books of the year.-- "Boston Globe"
Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days.-- "Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry"
Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory.-- "Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours and By Nightfall"
I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before.-- "Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife and A Change in Altitude"