Author:  Emma Donoghue

Title:  Room

Genre:  Literary Fiction, Psychological Suspense

Publication Date:  Sept. 2010

Number of Pages:  321

Geographical Setting:  Unknown, probably America or Canada

Time Period:  Today

Series (If applicable):

Plot Summary:  Ma has lived in Room for seven years, a shed converted into a soundproof locked prison by a disturbed middle-aged man.  She was kidnapped from her college campus at 19 and had her son Jack two years later.  The story is told from Jack’s innocent point of view as readers are introduced to life inside Room, their daring escape plan, and life after their rescue in Outside.  The world is brand new to Jack and we explore this big, strange place alongside him in this hauntingly sad story.

Subject Headings:  Psychological Suspense, Kidnapping

Appeal:  Fast-paced, compelling, disturbing, haunting, suspenseful, poignant, lifelike, vivid, character-driven, linear, tragic, colloquial

3 terms that best describe this book: haunting, lifelike, compelling

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

–       A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard – This is the memoir of Jaycee Dugard, a woman held prisoner for eighteen years by a deranged couple.  Jacyee had two children by this man and raised them in conditions similar to those created by Donoghue in Room.

–       Escape by Carolyn Jessop – The story of a forced into a plural marriage in her teens and how she escaped with her eight children.  Similar to Room, it deals with family and relationships and escaping a terrible situation.

–       Invisible Chains: Shawn Hornbeck and the Kidnapping that Shook the Nation by Kristina Sauerwein – Similar to Jaycee Dugard’s story, this was another national case of abduction and recovery examined and retold here from the third-person.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

–       Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock – Story of two siblings that plan to runaway and escape their abusive stepfather, similar to Jack and Ma’s escape from their horrible situation.  Similar to Room, the story is told from the point of view of a child.

–       The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – Though more detailed and gruesome than Room, this book also deals with rape and abduction and its impact on the victim’s family and is narrated by the affected child.

–       Still Missing by Chevy Stevens – Story is also about the abduction of a woman, told as she recounts the year she spent as a prisoner hidden in the woods to police while they search for her captor.

Name:  Julie F.


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