Jack has spent his entire life in an 11 x 11 foot space he calls “room”. The only person with whom he has interacted is Ma, who has dedicated herself to making a good life for him. While Jack loves “room”, Ma hates her imprisonment and is desperate for a way out.
Reading Room is like watching an awful train crash, horrifying but you can’t help yourself. While it shows some of the worst aspects of human behavior, the human spirit’s resiliency is also on full display. Not for the faint-of-heart, Room is interesting book for those who can temporarily put aside their empathy for a completely different view of life.