Room by Emma Donoghue

room The release of three young women held in captivity in Cleveland encourage me to recommend “Room” by Emma Donoghue.  If you want to get a better sense of what the three young women in Cleveland might have experienced you will want to read “Room”.  The story is told from the perspective of five-year old, Jack, who has lived his entire young life in the “room”.  It can be a little difficult to grasp Jack’s storytelling style due to his severely restricted perspective.  Ordinary objects and activities take on surreal importance to this boy who knows so little of the real world.  The only things that are real to Jack are what the Room contains.  I was so moved by the courageous and clever strategies that “Ma” used to protect her son from the horrible truth that they are prisoners; that he was the product of rape.  “Ma” works hard to stimulate her son mentally, and alleviate the monotony and hopelessness of their situation.   But release and freedom bring new issues and hurdles.  For the three young women in Cleveland, the fight has just begun.

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