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August 4, 2010 / schulerbooks

I cannot stop talking about Room by Emma Donoghue!

About once a year I read a book that gets me so excited I can’t stop talking about it. Last year it was Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood, which ended up on the New York Times notable list.

This year that book, without a doubt, is Emma Donoghue‘s Room recently longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and declared the #1 IndieNext pick for September — and we are lucky enough to be kicking off her author tour at our Lansing location!

I have, quite literally, never read anything like Room, and praise of the highest degree is being offered across the board, from critics, authors and readers alike.

I am telling you, if you ignore everything else Schuler does this year (which I sincerely hope you won’t), DO NOT IGNORE THIS EVENT! The book is THAT GOOD.

Room releases on September 13, and Emma Donoghue will be at our Lansing store to kick off her U.S. tour at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 20!

In the meantime, check out this video featuring Emma, and a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly!:

“At the start of Donoghue’s powerful new novel, narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square sound-proofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper’s year. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. Seen entirely through Jack’s eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel — there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense — are astonishing. Ma, as Jack callers her, proves to be resilient and resourceful, creating exercise games, makeshift toys, and reading and math lessons to fill their days. And while Donoghue (Slammerkin) brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity, the story’s intensity cranks up dramatically when, halfway through the novel and after a nail-biting escape attempt, Jack is introduced to the outside world. While there have been several true-life stories of women and children held captive, little has been written about the pain of re-entry, and Donoghue’s bravado in investigating that potentially terrifying transformation grants the novel ad frightening resonance that will keep readers rapt.”

Finally, check out www.roomthebook.com!

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