The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room

By Rachel Kushner

  • Release Date: 2018-05-01
  • Genre: Literary
The Mars Room book review score

3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 48 Ratings)

The Mars Room Rachel Kushner Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars



“Gritty, empathetic, finely rendered, no sugary toppings, and a lot of punches, none of them pulled.” —Margaret Atwood via Twitter

“A page turner… one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart.” —The New York Times Book Review (cover review)

“Brilliant and devastating… a heartbreaking, true, and nearly flawless novel.” —NPR

“With her richly textured third novel, Kushner certifies her place as one of the great American novelists of the 21st century.” —Entertainment Weekly

From twice National Book Award–nominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called “the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.

It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner’s work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. As James Wood said in The New Yorker, her fiction “succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive.”

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User reviews about this book

  • Terrific read

    By rajaniChun
    This was a gripping novel that kept my attention throughout. The characters were deeply engaging and the story allowed us to explore all the intricate detail of their motivations and belief systems. I only wish there was more. Many thanks to the author.
  • The Mars Room

    By MdnItly
    Very hard to follow the stories of the people the author writes about. Wish I had not purchased this book.
  • A most excellent read

    By Amigo73
    Offering a gritty look inside a world you never want to go The Mars Room makes one face life without hope, and weep. A novel about love and loss and no redemption. Well written and easy to read but difficult to shake.

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