Emma Donoghue - Room of Their Own
01 September 2011
Imagine living in a room 12 feet by 12 feet. Imagine that you’ve never left. Imagine that you’re five years old and the only person you’ve met is your mother, who was kidnapped as a teenager. This is the essential theme of Emma Donoghue’s 'Room', a novel which is shaping up to become one of the most successful and important novels of the new century. An international bestseller as soon as it was published in August 2010, Room has won several major literary awards and been shortlisted for many more. The New York Times named it as one of their five best fiction titles of 2010 and magazines, TV shows, book clubs and library associations worldwide have garlanded the book with innumerable other awards. Perhaps more than any other novel of recent years, Room has pulled off the amazing trick of satisfying the literary critics and the ordinary reader in equal measure.
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