Jack has lived with his Ma his entire five year life in an 11x11 room. They only have one visitor who comes to see his Mother at night while Jack is supposed to be asleep. The room has a locked keypad that Jack and his Mother cannot open. This is the only life Jack has ever known.
Jack's Mother asks Jack to be brave so that he can sneak out and let the police know about their room. Jack is very frightened but decides that for his Mother's sake he will be "scave," both scared and brave. Jack has never known anything outside of Room, Room is the whole world to him. The only other world occurs in TV.
Room is told from the viewpoint of five year old Jack as he struggles to understand his Mother and the confines of Room. Donoghue has captured the voice of Jack perfectly. He is a beautiful little boy who is "scave," when facing his world and his place within it.
Room has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for 2010.