“Room” For Donoghue

Longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, Emma Donoghue’s latest novel is a compelling tale of five-year-old Jack and his mother, who live in a single small room. Their only contact with the outside world is through a mysterious figure known only as Old Nick. Emotionally intense, poignant yet funny, and superbly written, ROOM explores such issues as a child’s perception of reality, a mother’s desperate need for freedom, and the sometimes heartbreaking quest for normalcy.

This one has already gone on my wish list!

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Emma Donoghue Interview

Accomplished is the word that comes to mind when thinking of Emma Donoghue.

At the age of twenty-five, she published her first novel, Stirfry (Hamish Hamilton, 1994), while working on a PhD in English at the University of Cambridge. Today, she has published five novels, three short-story collections, two plays, and two books of literary history, with another novel and a third work of literary history coming out this year. In addition to her prolific writing career, she is the co-parent of a six-year-old boy, and a two-year-old girl.

Emma’s work gallops across genre, history, and continents. She writes about men, women, children, and, in Kissing the Witch (Hamish Hamilton, 1997), fairies. Her fiction is set in England, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. With unselfconscious ease, she captures the vivid physical details of an era as well as its social and cultural framework. In her best-selling novel, Slammerkin (Harcourt, 2000), Emma transports readers to late eighteenth century England, where readers are introduced to a prostitute whose obsession with sumptuous clothes and elegance leads to murder. In the more contemporary Landing (Harcourt, 2007), which won a Golden Crown Award, Emma creates a lesbian love story full of wit, banter, and pithy observations about love and identity in a global world.

Nairne Holtz

Nairne Holtz is the author of "This One's Going To Last Forever" and "The Skin Beneath" both from Insomniac Press.

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