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Room

Author: 
Emma Donoghue
Publisher(s): 
Picador, London
Little, Brown, and Co., New York
Publication Date: 
2010-09
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"I suppose the theme drew me irresistibly because I have two small children (a son who was four when I began Room in April 2008, and a daughter who was one — they’ll be six and three by the time it’s published). In my experience, the bond between mother and newborn is a tiny, cozy world that gradually relaxes its magic to let the rest of the world in. But motherhood — even under ideal circumstances — also has elements of nightmare as well as fairy tale, sci-fi as well as realism: it’s a trip like no other, and it can occasionally feel like (let’s admit it, shall we, mothers of the world?) a locked room. And so can childhood, as I recall: kids are stuck with the parents they get, just as we are stuck with them. So I suppose I wanted to explore the most bizarre of parent-child situations as a way of shedding a new light on that most everyday, banal experience of raising kids."

Emma Donoghue, in interview

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Room is the seventh novel by author Emma Donoghue, who has also written four collections of short stories, two books of literary history, six plays, and numerous non-fiction pieces. It was loosely inspired by the Fritzl case, in which Josef Fritzl held his daughter captive in a concealed area of his home for 24 years. A film adaptation of Room, released in 2015 and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was awarded the 2015 Toronto Film Festival's People's Choice Award. This film also received four 2016 Oscar nominations, including Best Director for Lenny Abrahmson and Best Adapted Screenplay for Emma Donoghue. Donoghue has also received a Golden Globe and Bafta nomination for this work.

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Publisher(s):
Picador, London