The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel KushnerThe Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room: A Novel

byRachel Kushner

Paperback | May 1, 2018

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From twice National Book Award–nominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called “the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.

It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner’s work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. As James Wood said in The New Yorker, her fiction “succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive.”

“Kushner is going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom we’ll be needing in hard times to come. She is a novelist of the very first order.” —Robert Stone

“Kushner is a young master. I honestly don’t know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way.” —George Saunders
Rachel Kushner's debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her second novel, The Flamethrowers, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications includin...
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Title:The Mars Room: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781982100759

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from It sucks Not worth reading. Really boring nothing exciting. Your not missing out on anything when you take a pass on this one.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I was surprised by the depth of this novel. The story line reads similarly to Orange is the New Black, but the sadness of the main character is all consuming. The abstract telling of the characters life, bouncing between present day and her current situation speaks to the disjoint of her own situation. I recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Conflicted This book had a great story and wonderful characters. In the beginning of the book to about the middle the story was so detailed and i really thought the ending would be the same. Sadly it ended very abruptly with lots of unanswered questions. There was just so much detail then it just ended. Still enjoyed this story it was a sad reality. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A depressing story This novel tells the story of Romy, a 29 year old California woman who has been convicted of murder and sentenced to two life terms in the penitentiary. The chapters alternate between her experiences in prison and her background story, including the fact that she has a young son. I read excellent reviews of this novel and really wanted to like it. However, I found it disjointed and depressing. While the author paints an interesting portrait of prison life, much of the book, to me, was boring and uninteresting.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting story on prison life I enjoyed the book, but found it a bit dis-jointed at times.
Date published: 2018-05-14

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