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The Mars Room

The Mars Room

Through Romy - and through a cast of astonishing characters populating Mars 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 9781910702673
Barcode 9781910702673
Published 15 June 2018 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
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ISBN-13 9781910702673
ISBN-10 1910702676
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 15 June 2018
International Publication Date 7 June 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 573g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 911519

Description of this Book

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 relentlessly 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 Mars 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's her best book yet, another big step forward. * Jonathan Franzen *
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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