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Room is a brave novel that, through pure artistry, achieves a fine balance on a number of sharp edges: fierce love and unspeakable cruelty, delicate humour and glimpses of profound darkness. Rarely does such risk-taking pay off so richly. Emma Donoghue’s complex, multi-layered novel about being trapped illuminates the wild bravery of childhood, the bond between mother and son, the acquisition of language and how it can be jam-packed and bursting with meaning or emptied out. Here is a boiled-down portrait of what it means to live with others and to live without them, all the different kinds of cages we build for others (and ourselves) and all those feelings that, try as we might, can’t be contained.” — 2010 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Lisa Moore, Andrew Pyper, Eden Robinson)

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