Why did I love this book?
A young woman is held prisoner by her kidnapper/rapist and gives birth to Jack. She succeeds in protecting and providing for him for five years while trapped in a bunker which Jack calls “Room.” The novel is narrated by Jack and the room is Jack’s entire world. Because of Ma’s incredible efforts, he seems as happy as would be possible in this dire situation. An opportunity to escape arises. What follows is a realistic and heart-rending account of survival against the odds. Through Jack’s observations, I could read between the lines to understand what Ma endures. The author’s ability to tell Ma’s story without actually telling Ma’s story is fascinating. I recently finished writing a novel with a traumatized child’s voice, and I used this same method of “showing” the adults’ stories without actually writing them. It was quite challenging for me as a writer. Room inspired me to try.