Title Profile & Character Information

Room

Annotation
Jack has just turned five and is oh so excited. But his story, which he narrates in a child's mixed-up, exuberant fashion, is lacerating; he's been raised in a single room, where he and his mother are confined by the ominous Old Nick. Jack doesn't know what he's missing-"I thought the word for us was real. The persons on TV are made just of colors"-but as his mother gets her nerve up, that's about to change. Clearly referencing reports in the news of young women held against their will but fablelike in the telling, this is both beautiful and scary. Donoghue wrote the best-selling Slammerkin; bracing for most readers and a good book-club pick.

Awards
2010  Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
2010  Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2011  Alex Awards
2011  American Library Association Notable Books
2011  Commonwealth Writers Prize
2010  New York Times Editors' Choice
2010  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
2011  Libris Awards
2011  Indies' Choice Book Award
2011  Galaxy National Book Award
2012  Bluegrass Award

Characters
NameJack
GenderBoy

NameMa
GenderFemale
TraitsMother
Kidnapped

GenreFiction
Psychological
Suspense
TopicsKidnapping victims
Kidnapping
Sociopaths
Mothers and sons
Parent and child
Captives
Captivity
Escapism
Boys