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The Mars Room (Hardcover)

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Kushner’s new novel is, in a word, devastating. It opens as the main character, Romy Hall, is on the way to prison to serve a life sentence for murder. As much the story of Hall’s life in prison, it’s the story of her past--her childhood on the streets of San Francisco, her experiences as an exotic dancer, and the circumstances surrounding her crime. Kushner writes so convincingly and so effortlessly, with such compassion for people struggling to survive in modern California’s darkest corners, you’d think she has personally lived the life of her main character—and every other character in the book. I can’t recommend this one enough.

— Rico

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"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.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476756554
ISBN-10: 1476756554
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English

 

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