The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room

By Rachel Kushner

  • Release Date: 2018-05-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
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From 22 Ratings
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Electrifying.” —Vanity Fair

“A page turner… The Mars Room is one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart.” —The New York Times Book Review (cover review)

“Brilliant and devastating… The Mars Room is a heartbreaking, true, and nearly flawless novel.” —NPR

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.”

Reviews

  • The Mars Room

    1
    By Bshndjjganxnvhxjsn
    Wish I hadn’t spent the money. This book was all over the place.
  • Terrific read

    4
    By rajaniChun
    This was a gripping novel that kept my attention throughout. The characters were deeply engaging and the story allowed us to explore all the intricate detail of their motivations and belief systems. I only wish there was more. Many thanks to the author.
  • The Mars Room

    2
    By MdnItly
    Very hard to follow the stories of the people the author writes about. Wish I had not purchased this book.

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