Grownup fiction, especially literary fiction, with child protagonists is a sub-genre of its own and rather difficult to write well. But, when it’s done well, it can be riveting reading. It immerses us deeply in our own childhoods or brings out the inner child in us so that we experience all those old, submerged fears and joys all over again. Quite the experience.

I read Emma Donoghue’s Room entirely over a weekend. For a story with just two main characters who spend most of the duration in a 12’x12′ locked room with only one visitor, it is quite the drama-filled page- turner and covers an almost-full gamut of human experience. So I am really liking this list of other similar-themed and plotted novels, none of which I have read. Love discovering new books, don’t you?

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