Last night I finished reading Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue. This book was given to me by a dear like-minded friend and I can't wait to discuss it with her. It is the story of a 19-year-old young woman kidnapped and held captive in a 12 by 12 foot soundproofed shed. The book begins 7 years after her capture and is told from the perspective of her 5-year-old son. Uh-huh. You read that right. She has a son while she is in captivity. Fathered by her captor. This was a tough read.
At one point, I had to call my dear friend and ask her if I really had to keep reading. Then I did something I never ever do. I asked her to tell me if these characters would have a happy ending. I know that is totally against the rules, but I just didn't think I could finish if they didn't all live happily ever after. And now I will tell you what she said so that you can decide for yourself if you want to read this:
They do live happily ever after and I was happy with the ending.
Now I only tell you that because it was so important to me to know. I just couldn't keep reading about their horrible living conditions without some reassurance of light at the end of the tunnel. Now I know that my previous reviews have contained quite a bit of discussion, but I feel like I can say no more about this novel. It's one of those stories that you just have to experience as you read it. I think it's important to feel what the 5-year-old boy feels and see what he sees.
I really did love this book and I hope you will read it. When you do, post a comment and tell me what you think. If we know each other personally, please call me so we can discuss it. I would love to hear what you think.