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Rachel Kushner
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The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner


9780099589969

Vintage


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Paperback

352 pages

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

From the author of internationally acclaimed The Flamethrowers - a fearless and heartbreaking novel about love, friendship and incarceration.

Romy Hall is starting two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Her crime? The killing of her stalker.

Inside awaits a world where women must hustle and fight for the bare essentials. Outside- the San Francisco of her youth. The Mars Room strip club where she was once a dancer. Her seven-year-old son, Jackson.

As Romy forms friendships over liquor brewed in socks and stories shared through sewage pipes her future seems to unfurl in one long, unwavering line - until news from beyond the prison bars forces Romy to try and outrun her destiny.

By:   Rachel Kushner
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   281g
ISBN:   9780099589969
ISBN 10:   0099589966
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.


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 *


  • Long-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 (UK)
  • Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 (UK)
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