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Rachel Kushner
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The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner


9781910702680

JONATHAN CAPE


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


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336 pages

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**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018** **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 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.

By:   Rachel Kushner
Imprint:   JONATHAN CAPE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   428g
ISBN:   9781910702680
ISBN 10:   1910702684
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   June 2018
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.


You sense early in this novel that you're entering Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson and Charles Bukowski territory... Kushner offers a great, subversive portrait of... life inside the women's prison... grainy and persuasive. -- Dwight Garner * New York Times * Kushner is a young master. I honestly don't know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way. -- George Saunders 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 . -- Louisa McGillicuddy * Sunday Times Style * Both more blackly comic and more knowing about prison life [than Orange Is The New Black ]... It's one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart... so powerful. -- Charles McGrath * New York Times * The Mars Room is so sensually convincing it leaves its imprint of steel mesh on your forehead, while its compassion embraces baby-killer and brutal cop alike in the merciless confines of the American justice system. An extraordinary literary achievement. -- Adam Thorpe


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