Room by Emma Donoghue
In Room, five-year-old Jack lives with his Ma in a 11 x 11 room. It is his world. He knows nothing about the outside world. It's his home. But what he doesn't know is that Room is more a prison than a home. It's where he and Ma are held captive, where his Ma has been kept for seven years.
Before I read this book, I saw many reviews of it that described the story as dark. And it is dark. But it's not as dark as I expected. And that has a lot to do with the story being told from Jack's perspective. Telling a kidnapping/rape tale from the point of view of a five year old makes the story more hopeful and positive. And even a little bit uplifting due to the tight, tight bond between mother and son.
It is a very creative book. I've never read anything like it as Donoghue tells a story from a completely unexpected perspective. And she does it very convincingly. I never once felt the story wasn't Jack's.
Definitely one of the better books I've read recently.
Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.
Next month - Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg