Author: Emma Donoghue
The down low: Room has been everywhere for years now, but especially since it was made into an Oscar-winning movie last year. It was short listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize.
Summary in 2 sentences: Room is narrated from the perspective of five-year-old Jack, whose entire world is the eleven-by-eleven room where he was born and grew up with his Ma; Room is home to Jack but a prison to his Ma. Ma has created a life for Jack in Room where he can learn and play, but she knows it is not enough and begins to devise an escape plan for herself and her son.
Why you should read it: Room completely lives up to the hype (in my opinion). I avoided it for so long because I thought it would depress me. Yes, it’s depressing, but it’s also heartwarming, about human resilience, and the unbreakable bond between parent and child. Jack’s innocence shields the reader from the real horror of it all.
Read it if you liked: I’m not totally sure – I’ve never read something quite like this. But definitely read it.