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The Mars Room

The Mars Room
 

Through Romy - and through a cast of astonishing characters populating TheMars Room - Rachel Kushner presents not just a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex.

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ISBN 9780099589969
Barcode 9780099589969
Release Date 16 April 2019 by Vintage
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
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ISBN-13 9780099589969
ISBN-10 0099589966
Stock Release date is 16 April 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Release Date 16 April 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 281g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 972011

Description of this Book

From the author of internationally acclaimed The Flamethrowers - a fearless and heartbreaking novel about love, friendship and incarceration. **THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** 'Kushner is one of our most outstanding modern writers' STYLIST 'More knowing about prison life [than Orange Is The New Black]... so powerful.' NEW YORK TIMES 'Breathtaking' VOGUE Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy's estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. The deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision. Daily acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike. Allegiances formed over liquor brewed in socks, and stories shared through sewage pipes. Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long, unwavering line - until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny and culminating in a climax of almost unbearable intensity. Through Romy - and through a cast of astonishing characters populating TheMars Room - Rachel Kushner presents not just a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 (UK)
NZ Review 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 * If you haven't heard of Rachel Kushner yet, you soon will. The American novelist has earned comparisons to Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Franzen... [The Mars Room] makes for a compelling read. Imagine a darker version of Orange Is The New Black . * Sunday Times Style *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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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