Emma Donoghue’s award-winning novel Room is loosely based on true cases of abduction. It tells the story of resilient young Jack and his devoted mother (Ma), who have been held captive in an 11’x11’ room since before Jack was born. Jack has never seen a real tree, or met another person other than Ma and “Old Nick,” their captor. Room’s story is told through five-year-old Jack’s point of view and language, and his only experience of life has been from the inside of this small, isolated room. The novel’s extraordinary accomplishment is letting the reader see the world from Jack’s innocent, sheltered, uniquely fresh perspective. One day, Jack and Ma devise a plan to escape to “Outside” where Ma tells him there are actual people and places like the ones he sees on TV. How and when they escape is a tense piece of storytelling, leading into the equally difficult issue of Ma and Jack’s integration back into the world at large.
This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (89 pages) for Emma Donoghue's novel Room includes:
• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• A one-on-one Q&A with Emma Donoghue about writing, motherhood, and her thoughts on a Room movie before it was even made
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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