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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Jun 03, 2011

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A sort of reimagining of the Jacyee Lee Dugard story from the POV of a small child, age 5. The unnamed mother was abducted as a 19 year old and trapped in Room, a secured shed in the backyard of a horrible man named Old Nick. Of course, he rapes her while she is imprisoned and she gives birth to a dead baby girl, then later to Jack. Jack is our protagonist and leads us through the minutae of his tiny life in Room, where possessions are few and hope is lacking. Ma, his mother, comes up with a plan to fake Jack's death and get Old Nick to take him to a hospital (now that Jack is old enough to tell an adult that he and his mother are being kept in Room). But will Jack be able to talk to someone he's never met before? And will he be able to handle being outside Room for the very first time? A harrowing tale ripped from the headlines, Room will capture the imagination of a wide variety of readers.

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