The next book discussion at the Gays Mills Public Library is Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
The book selected for the discussion is ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue. The narrator for this story is Jack, a five-year-old boy who has lived his entire life in an 11’ x 11’ room. This small room is all he has ever known. He has never spoken to another human beside his mother, never seen a streetlight, dog or the sky. Every day is filled with the routines his mother has carefully constructed in their small room.
The innocence of the child’s voice and point of view does not entirely hide the sinister reason for their captivity. The reader learns that this is captivity for the mother but less so for the son, who has never known anything different. After Jack turns five, his mother is unable to shelter him from the truth of their existence. She hatches a stomach-churning plot to save them that sits squarely on Jack’s shoulders.
His journey from a boy who thinks in capital letters about the Rug, the Bed and the Wall in his small world to a boy whose life takes an incredible turn as he struggles to find his bearings in the world outside.
One reviewer from the Washington Post describes ‘Room’ as "one of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year."
To reserve a copy of this title, call 735-4331 or drop by the Gays Mills Public Library.