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Feb. 28 2011 11:28 AM

The Audio Book Club on Room

Our critics discuss Emma Donoghue's haunting novel.

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In this week's Audio Book Club, Slate editors Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, and The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot, discuss Emma Donoghue's Room, a best-selling novel about a 5-year-old boy raised by his mother in a shed where she has been held prisoner since before he was born. Rosin discusses her reluctance even to open the book, given its horror-movie setup, and how she got over it. Talbot analyzes the universal parenting issues that emerge from this unusual story. Bazelon points out Donoghue's deft use of children's literature.

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In our next book club we will discuss Swamplandia!, the new novel by Karen Russell about the adventures of an alligator wrestler in southwest Florida in search of a lost sister. That one will air March 28, so start reading!

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Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Margaret Talbot is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

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