I stumbled upon this next book while browsing the shelves at Barnes & Noble with Jordan on date night. I had heard of it before, but it got stowed away in one of those back corners of my mind, and I more or less forget that I even knew about it. But when I finally picked it up and looked at the back cover, I knew I had to take this book home with me and dig into it once I finished Mockingjay (discussion coming later this week!).
So what book am I talking about? Emma Donoghue's international bestseller Room.
"To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child."
And Room hasn't just done well with readers. In fact, my copy comes with nine (nine!) pages of reviews in the front. The New Yorker raves that Room is, "An astounding, terrifying novel...It's a testament to Donoghue's imagination and empathy that she is able to fashion radiance from such horror" and the New York Times Book Reviews comments, "In a narrative at once delicate and vigorous - rich in psychological, sociological, and political meaning - Donoghue reveals how joy and terror often dwell side by side."