I won a copy of Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue in a giveaway about two weeks ago. It arrived on my doorstep this week and within 24 hours, I had read the whole book.  I couldn’t put it down!

Before I had won it, I noticed that this book won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. It was also shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. That’s pretty big stuff. A couple of friends had read it before me. One really liked it, the other claimed the book was too dark for her tastes.

I’m of the same opinion as my husband – that I hate when reviews give away the whole story. So I’ll be brief in my description – the book is written from a 5 year old boy’s perspective. Jack has lived his entire life in an 11×11 room and his perspective is quite fascinating. Through his voice, we learn why he lives in the room and how he spends his days…

Emma has captured the quirky inner dialogue of a child perfectly, and it is a delight to become a part of the story. It is very dark material, and probably not for more sensitive readers – although it is presented from a 5 year old’s mind, there is no dodging around some of the darker horrors of Room.  Her unique style of storytelling drew me right into the book, and I laughed and wept with the characters. This is a book that is worth staying up till 2am because you can’t put it down!

I’m going to be going to the library and checking out her previous book, Slammerkin – I’m hoping for the same readability as I found in Room.

Because I finished it so quickly and it was passed on to me, and because it really is an incredible book – I’m going to give it away again! Jeff thinks I have too many books in the house as it is!


Mandatory Entry:

Please tell me why you’re interested in reading Room: A Novel. (Click on the link to visit Amazon’s page with a little bit more detailed review, if you’re unsure about the content.)

Bonus Entries (Since who doesn’t love a bonus?):

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+1 Tweet about this giveaway, tagging @sister_t (leave a link to your tweet)

Random Important Bits:

  • Giveaway will end on 03/05/2011 at 11:59PM EST.
  • I’ll use random.org to determine a winner.
  • Winner has 48hrs to respond to email, otherwise I will re-draw for a new winner.
  • Giveaway open to US/Canada only.

I hope the winner will continue to pass the book along once they’re finished! 🙂 Good luck!

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