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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 9781910702680
Barcode 9781910702680
Published 18 June 2018 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
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ISBN-13 9781910702680
ISBN-10 1910702684
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 18 June 2018
International Publication Date 7 June 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 459g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 888557

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

NZ Review It's her best book yet, another big step forward. * Jonathan Franzen *

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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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