Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan
Add A Room Called Earth to bookshelf
Add to Bookshelf

A Room Called Earth

Best Seller
A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan
Paperback $17.00
Aug 18, 2020 | ISBN 9780143135456

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (2) +
  • $17.00

    Aug 18, 2020 | ISBN 9780143135456

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Aug 18, 2020 | ISBN 9780525507123

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Aug 18, 2020 | ISBN 9780593291597

    325 Minutes

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from A Room Called Earth

Product Details


A Room Called Earth is visceral and voluptuous . . . Ultimately, the book is a quiet celebration of holding dear to the space within yourself and if you look beyond your skin, how earth itself can bring comfort and wonder.” —The Sydney Morning Herald
“For the narrator, feelings are an end in themselves . . . Good, bad, confusing: it’s all input, she sweeps you up in her enthusiasm . . . ‘Why are you still here?’ Ryan’s narrator is asked, and the character responses: ‘It’s just . . . where I am.’ Sometimes it’s worth meeting someone where they’re at. In this case, I much enjoyed the view.” —Naoise Dolan, The Irish Times

“Twenty-four sparkling hours in the life of a neurodiverse woman on a night out to a party.” —The Millions

“[N]uanced and uplifting.” —Buzzfeed

“[A] novel that beautifully shatters myths and stereotypes about people considered neurodiverse while celebrating their differing perspectives on life.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Debut novelist Madeleine Ryan is also on the autism spectrum, and it is an absolute joy to read about this night through her eyes – where the protagonist’s thoughts can’t always match her actions, and where connection is all that matters. A Room Called Earth‘s greatest strengths are its simplicity and honesty.” —Bitch Magazine

“In the vein of Virginia Woolf, the narrator’s incisive commentary pierces through descriptions of quotidian affairs . . . A Room Called Earth, written by a neurologically diverse author, culminates in unexpected intimacy, not only between the narrator and her new friend but also between the reader and an extraordinary mind.” —BookPage

“Ryan’s novel covers less than 24 hours, but by book’s end, readers are left feeling remarkably bonded with this fiercely independent young woman . . . Her sharp, unfiltered thoughts—compellingly presented by Australian director and debut novelist Ryan, who herself is #OwnVoices neurodiverse—never seem to pause as she skips between describing her present and divulging her past, meticulously processing her actions, and regarding herself and others from unexpected perspectives . . . Her piercing insight is relentless.” Booklist
“[V]ibrant and revealing. Ryan succeeds in capturing neurodiversity on the page.” —Publishers Weekly

“In prose filled with humor and warm light, Madeleine Ryan unearths the bright, luminous soul of each animate and inanimate being she encounters. Instead, remarkably, it is the self shaped by and against social norms that is met as an other. The result is an intelligence that feels not only totally refreshing and original but wonderfully humane.” —Meng Jin, author of Little Gods

A Room Called Earth offers a strikingly unique look at intimacy, identity, and time itself. From now on I want every novel to be this fiercely authentic, this assured, this untethered from the status quo. Madeleine Ryan is a wholly original writer; this debut announces a tremendous talent.” —Kimberly King Parsons, National Book Award-nominated author of Black Light

“A resolute deep dive into an inner self, a transcendent character study, and a timely reminder that there’s an entire universe inside of everyone we meet. You will be moved.” —Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook

“The narrator’s voice is astute, clear and strong as the vodka she likes, as luminous as sparkling stars. Madeleine Ryan has created a marvelous woman and a joyous story.” —Shelf Awareness

“Though Ryan, who is autistic, never explicitly labels her narrator autistic or neuroatypical, much of the novel’s appeal comes from its illustration and examination of the narrator’s blunt perspective on life and specifically social interaction . . . the narrator’s voice and perspective are beguiling . . . Ryan’s ability to convey her narrator’s unique perspective makes it a worthwhile read.” Kirkus

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Back to Top