Lisa Says… Read This Book by Emma Donoghue

By Lisa Hamilton

Room
by Emma Donoghue

Five year old Jack has spent his entire life in an 11 x 11 foot room, with his Ma, eating, sleeping, learning and playing. Room is the world to Jack, but to his mother it is a prison she has survived in since she was abducted at age 19. Jack and Ma live and love with a passion for life and one another. The incredible ability Ma has to make Jack’s life as normal and happy as possible in the current situation is truly amazing.

Emma Donoghue’s beautifully crafted novel, Room, is quite unlike anything I’ve read in a long time. This story goes straight to the heart as we learn what a mother would do for her child. We are led to ask ourselves after reading this book, can a child actually be safer in such isolation than out in the real world where life and problems can be bigger or scarier? Room is told through the eyes of a five year old because it would most likely be too painful through the eyes of an adult. This is a story that stays with you long after the last pages are read. This novel is simple yet sophisticated, a great celebration of language and development and absolutely amazing.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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