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A retired professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes his adolescent great-nephew to the French Riviera in hopes of uncovering long-buried family secrets, in this stunning masterpiece from bestselling author Emma Donoghue.

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What the critics say

Highly emotional but never sentimental. Vogue Akin offers a subtle, entertaining portrait of the relationship-and friction-between age and youth. The Economist An important, touching novel that stays with you long after you're done reading it. Independent Poignant and hopeful, the bestselling novelist of Room has delivered another exquisite portrayal of an adult and child making their way in the world. Woman & Home A highly enjoyable novel' Daily Mail Absorbing. I loved the growing relationship between the two. Prima - Nina Pottell Sweet, tender and defiantly unsentimental, this is a sad, funny look at how flawed, fragile people develop a sense of belonging. Psychologies A delicate and moving reminder of the way in which our human stories are made from practical choices - often in life as well as in literature. Harper's Bazaar Heartwarming and humourous. Radio Times A poignant and hopeful tale Woman Magazine Praise for Room : Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife One of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Sophisticated in outlook and execution . . . Utterly plausible, vividly described New York Times Absorbing, truthful and beautiful . . . it is a kind of sustained poem in praise of motherhood and parental love Observer Donoghue mines material that on the face of it appears intractably bleak and surfaces with a powerful, compulsively readable work of fiction Irish Times