While the internet is blowing up with the still not quite believable news of the rescue of Amanda Berry, Bryan and I experienced a sort of deja vu over the news last night. “It’s like Room,” I told him. Only at that time we didn’t realize how much like it.
It was probably two years now, at least, when Bryan came home talking about this book. He wanted to read it after hearing an interview on NPR. I got it quickly for the Kindle, wanting him to be able to get his hands on it. It turns out I wound up reading it WAY before he did.
It’s the story of a girl who’s kidnapped and held for years in a single room. During the course of her ordeal she gives birth to a boy. The story is told from his perspective, at 5 years old, having never seen anything outside of their four walls. It’s well-written albeit difficult to read sometimes – for me there was some discomfort when I would realize what was being described from this small child’s view. Really, though, that was the point.
This morning Bryan told me that the police confirmed that a six-year-old child Amanda Berry was carrying from the house during her escape was indeed hers. “It really was like Room.” We’ll never really be able to gain insight into an experience like that. I’m not sure this fictional account even comes close. But it’s eerily similar and lends a look at what life after rescue may be like for them. People aren’t thinking about how foreign the outside world may be to this little girl. Things that we take for granted may be brand new to her. We all say, “great! they’re out and it’s over! yay for them!” This book tries to tackle the harsh reality that while the nightmare may be over, though, the journey back may still be a long one.