The Mars Room

The Mars Room

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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."--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Scribner,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781476756554
1476756554
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kushner Rachel 04/2018
Characteristics: 338 pages ;,24 cm

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JCLKariE May 14, 2018

I dare you to try and do anything other than read this absorbing novel. The Mars Room wears you down. You'll feel despondent and upset for these horrible women who did awful things. Kushner's obviously done meticulous research to get this story just right. The characters are fleshed out complete... Read More »


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JCLKariE May 14, 2018

I dare you to try and do anything other than read this absorbing novel. The Mars Room wears you down. You'll feel despondent and upset for these horrible women who did awful things. Kushner's obviously done meticulous research to get this story just right. The characters are fleshed out completely. The writing is crisp, sharp, and effortless. This story goes places I did not expect and is all the better for it.

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