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."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781476756554
Branch Call Number: FIC Kush
Characteristics: 338 pages

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This powerful and realistic novel by the author of The Flamethrowers is one of my favorite books of the year. Set mostly in a women’s correctional facility in California, fans of “Orange is the New Black” might see some similarities here. However, Kushner’s prison story is grittier and the occ... Read More »


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