- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape (7 June 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910702684
- ISBN-13: 978-1910702680
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mars Room Paperback – 7 Jun 2018
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"It is an unforgettable novel, and leaves the reader in no doubt that Kushner is one of America’s greatest living authors." (Daily Telegraph)
"One of the greatest novels I have read in years. Her prior novel, The Flamethrowers, was expansive and thrilling, but this is richer and deeper, more ambitious in its moral vision… an exhilarating, always surprising read." (Irish Times)
"When I finished reading The Mars Room, I immediately reread it because I didn’t want to leave its world… The Mars Room teems with quick and distinctive voices." (Max Liu Financial Times)
"Cements [Kushner's] status as one of America's finest writers." (Vogue, **Must-Read Books of 2018**)
"I’ve been bowled over by Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room [about life in a women’s prison]. It’s astounding – very difficult to read but so beautifully done, and with such knowledge, although it doesn’t feel like a “researched” book." (Anne Tyler Observer)
About the Author
Rachel Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Her follow-up novel, The Flamethrowers, was also a finalist for the National Book Award and received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s and the Paris Review. She lives in Los Angeles.
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To say that Kushner is a master storyteller would be the understatement of 2018. To tell you that her characters, each with a life story so intriguing, how they walk and talk to the point that you forget you’re reading because it feels like they are in front of you. Well, I just told you. She wrote it and you ought to read it.
Romy, the protagonist, is on a prison bus with her soon to be prison mates, headed to a new location. The ride and these people alone are an indication of how bleak things are going to get as she is in for one brutal two life sentences with no parole situation.
There are codes, rules between inmates, and ways to keep yourself alive within prison. Romy can play this game. She was doing it long before she was behind bars. But by no means is it easy. The struggle is real.
A literary light is kindled for Romy when she meets a prison teacher who takes note of her interest and feeds her curiosity with great books. This is just one of many layers to the story.
There is an overriding sense of sadness that I felt for each of these women. Even though they are fictional, and each ended up incarcerated of their own doing, some for unthinkable crimes, I could not help but think of their circumstances and how their endgame was inevitable. One takeaway for me is that people are no different whether they have freedom or not. Alliances are formed, stereotypes are prevalent, the weak do not survive, bigotry and hatred abound, a keen sense of intellect is learned quickly inside, and the ignorant are loud.
Ooh wee, THE MARS ROOM is one fine, entertaining, and knock-out book. I can’t get enough of Kushner’s writing. What’s next.