Nova Ren Suma’s A Room Away from the wolves is a young adult fantasy novel. It is a coming-of-age novel which seems simple on the surface but has layered complexity beneath that deceptively calm veneer.
Bina, the protagonist leases a room at Catherine house to get away from the wolves in her life. Bina’s story is a reverse fairy tale. She and her mom escape from her abusive father. Her mother gives up on her dreams of becoming an actress in New York city and marries a man who has two children. Bina and her step sisters hate one another, trouble her and take advantage of her. Bina’s mother becomes tired of Bina’s lies and her attempts to get back at her step sisters. She wants to send Bina to stay with her church friends for sometime and packs Bina’s suitcase. Bina leaves the house, but goes to Catherine House instead, a mystical place where her mother spent one glorious summer.
The ending came at me like a bullet train and went away before I realized. Not everything was explained so there were fragments of information that has to be tied up by the reader to make a sense of all that has happened before. I went back and re-read the last few chapters to make a sense of the ending and I was left dissatisfied. This novel is not for people who do not like ambiguous endings.
Published: September 4, 2018