I’m not quite finished but so far the book by Emma Donoghue about a young woman imprisoned in a 12X12 foot garden shed, raising the son she has with her captor, is anything but depressing. Filled with tension at times, heartbreaking at others, it's mostly an ode to Joy (Ma’s name which we don’t learn in the novel), a story about grit, and determination, the will, not just to live, but to live the best life that one can.
She is not a perfect mother, but she muddles through and mostly makes the best of a horrifying situation. In the early days she screamed and banged on the door. She dug at the floor seeking a way out. She must have sobbed her eyes out; she has a broken wrist from fighting her captor. When we meet Joy she’s long past that, she’s sometimes numb with the stultifying reality of her imprisonment. There are days Jack tells us—the story is told from Jack’s perspective—she is Gone, when all she can do is lie on the bed, and disappear inside her head.
Here’s the newest trailer. I’ll be putting it in the Featured Trailer spot up there on the left.
Well, did it tear your heart out?