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  • The Mars Room
  • Rachel Kushner
  • English
  • 05 June 2018
  • 9781448190591

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  1. says:

    2 12 stars It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page keep reading and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor I was doing my best to write a positive review in my headI thought I would love it It felt like I should What doesn't sound great about a gritty prison novel dissecting class wealth and other power structures in

  2. says:

    35 stars I read an in depth article in New Yorker Magazine that made it apparent why Rachel Kushner can so vividly bring her characters in this book to life The link to the article is below She followed an inmate at a California prison becaus

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    If I had never worked at The Mars Room If I had never met Creep Kennedy If Creep Kennedy had not decided to stalk me But he

  4. says:

    Library Overdrive Audiobookread by Rachel Kushner I didn’t even consider this book when it first popped up “Telex From Cuba” was a littl

  5. says:

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading I told her “It’s refreshing A novel about women in prison” I was dead serious It was only after my friend was losing it laughing so hard that I realized how weird my comment was Laughing now too I tried to defend myself I just get tired of straight old life; there’s so m

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    Orange is the New Bleh

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    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book This is one that I just did not jump on the train with I am bit confused by it actually The majority of the book is about Romy who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murder

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    The Mars Room is a provocative raveworthy exploration of choices or indeed the absence of any perceived choice for adolescent and teen female criminals on the lower echelon of the socio economic scale who grow up sexually abused addicted to street drugs andor engaged in a sex related trade because they've had no choice i

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    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me I liked Kushner’s The Flamethrowers but this was something else altogether Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect The story is set in the early 2000s focuse

  10. says:

    At first this seems like a monumental achievement; a masterful storyteller giving voice to the incarcerated Difficult characters come to life in unexpected ways They're complex flawed a little evil and a lot good The writing as in the actual formulation of words is truly impressive About a third of the way in however it becomes abundantly clear that no plot will emerge and the same old theme will be sung many times over The edgy characte

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The Mars Room

Er 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 precisionStunning 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 Yorke. Orange is the New Bleh My Sisters Keeper 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 Yorke. Orange is the New Bleh

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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 AmericaIt’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 h. 35 stars I read an in depth article in New Yorker Magazine that made it apparent why Rachel Kushner can so vividly bring her characters in this book to life The link to the article is below She followed an inmate at a California prison because she wanted to have people in her life that the State of California rendered invisible to others She brings these real people to us through a cast of characters in her fictional account of life in prison This book definitely depicts experiences that are far removed from mine Not just in the prison but the world where the prisoners came from strip cubs doing and dealing drugs hit jobs getting beaten enduring abuse as children I found this stressful to read and it was definitely out of my comfort zone But that s not a bad thing as I learned It s vulgar at times brutal a lot of the time raw most of the time and I assume pretty realistic given the research that the author has doneWhile we come to know the stories of a number of characters this felt like it was mostly Romy Hall s story A single mother formerly a stripper at The Mars Room Romy has killed a man who stalked her is serving two consecutive life sentences plus 6 years There are other inmates whose stories we learn Fernandez Bette and Doc in the men s prison We come to know someone from the outside Gordon Hauser a prison teacher who gets involved in the lives of some of the inmates mailing letters buying them books flower seeds a paint set Gordon seems to reflect what Kushner wants us to see that these inmates are human beings It s about the flaws in our society the flaws in a justice system that won t allow someone to tell their side of the story the flaws in our penal system It is also about the flaws of inmates at a California prison whose fate on the one hand is a result of their choices However their circumstances their lives before incarceration make it difficult to be unsympathetic I received an advanced copy of this book from Scribner through NetGalley and Edelweiss the-dhammapada us through a cast of characters in her fictional account of life in prison This book definitely depicts experiences that are far removed from mine Not just in the prison but the world where the prisoners came from strip cubs doing and dealing drugs hit jobs getting beaten enduring abuse as children I found this stressful to read and it was definitely out of my comfort zone But that s not a bad thing as I learned It s vulgar at times brutal a lot of the time raw most of the time and I assume pretty realistic given the research that the author has doneWhile we come to know the stories of a number of characters this felt like it was mostly Romy Hall s story A single mother formerly a stripper at The Mars Room Romy has killed a man who stalked her is serving two consecutive life sentences plus 6 years There are other inmates whose stories we learn Fernandez Bette and Doc in the men s prison We come to know someone from the outside Gordon Hauser a prison teacher who gets involved in the lives of some of the inmates mailing letters buying them books flower seeds a paint set Gordon seems to reflect what Kushner wants the-legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses-piano-solos us to see that these inmates are human beings It s about the flaws in our society the flaws in a justice system that won t allow someone to tell their side of the story the flaws in our penal system It is also about the flaws of inmates at a California prison whose fate on the one hand is a result of their choices However their circumstances their lives before incarceration make it difficult to be 7 Cavalier Of The Abyss Vol 7 unsympathetic I received an advanced copy of this book from Scribner through NetGalley and Edelweiss

Summary The Mars Room

R her fiction “succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories all of them particular all of them brilliantly alive”“Kushner is going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom we’ll be needing in hard times to come She is a novelist of the very first order” Robert Stone“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. The Mars Room is a provocative raveworthy exploration of choices or indeed the absence of any perceived choice for adolescent and teen female criminals on the lower echelon of the socio economic scale who grow up sexually abused addicted to street drugs andor engaged in a sex related trade because they ve had no choice in where how and by whom they were raised the adverse societal effects being the counterproductive institutionalization of a legion of women their repetitive recidivism and a vicious intergenerational cycle of passing down the pain Ms Kushner avoids the easy traps of a excusing crimes with what some might call a societal cop out or b downplaying a woman s free will in choosing to commit a crime instead of walking away Rather as all estimable authors do she deftly sculpts hard truths between lines behind bars and through an array of colorful supporting characters Ms Kushner approaches mastery in portraying authentic 20 something females from the outer fringes who contain a multitude of layers The Mars Room is uite remarkably an improvement on her exuisite craftwork in creating the 20 something free spirited artist Reno in The Flamethrowers which preceded this novel The novel is tantamount to an indictment of a legal system that pushes public defenders to plead out not to buck the system and when they do actually try a case at the client s insistence engage in shoddy trial practices that show a reckless indifference to duty justice and truth In the trial of the accused 28 year old protagonist for the murder of her stalker her attorney failed to fight to prove that the victim brazenly and relentlessly stalked the young lady over the course of several months spinelessly capitulating to the prosecutor s objection and motion to exclude such evidence at trial on the shameful grounds that its introduction would impermissibly allow the jury to consider the victim s prior conduct in determining the guilt of the accused which is a bass ackwards way of turning the Rape Shield Law on its head all of which resulted in the conviction of the young woman and her sentencing to consecutive life sentences The novel further offers a sublime and visceral reflection on the context of it all against the vastness and beauty of the mountainous terrain surrounding the California women s correctional facility in which the protagonist is imprisoned peppered with comparisons to and excerpts from the journals of Thoreau and Ted KaczynskiMs Kushner has brilliantly structured a memorable arresting and enduring novel that should change the reader s perceptions of presentformer children of the streets and of foster homes showing how they view the world around them much differently than most do In some ways they are perceptive than those caught in the rat race but in others particularly in their formative years they re blinded by dire circumstances What I eventually came to understand about San Francisco was that I was immersed in beauty and barred from seeing it Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for providing me an advance copy of this novel in return for an honest review the-legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses-piano-solos up sexually abused addicted to street drugs andor engaged in a sex related trade because they ve had no choice in where how and by whom they were raised the adverse societal effects being the counterproductive institutionalization of a legion of women their repetitive recidivism and a vicious intergenerational cycle of passing down the pain Ms Kushner avoids the easy traps of a excusing crimes with what some might call a societal cop out or b downplaying a woman s free will in choosing to commit a crime instead of walking away Rather as all estimable authors do she deftly sculpts hard truths between lines behind bars and through an array of colorful supporting characters Ms Kushner approaches mastery in portraying authentic 20 something females from the outer fringes who contain a multitude of layers The Mars Room is 7 Cavalier Of The Abyss Vol 7 uite remarkably an improvement on her exuisite craftwork in creating the 20 something free spirited artist Reno in The Flamethrowers which preceded this novel The novel is tantamount to an indictment of a legal system that pushes public defenders to plead out not to buck the system and when they do actually try a case at the client s insistence engage in shoddy trial practices that show a reckless indifference to duty justice and truth In the trial of the accused 28 year old protagonist for the murder of her stalker her attorney failed to fight to prove that the victim brazenly and relentlessly stalked the young lady over the course of several months spinelessly capitulating to the prosecutor s objection and motion to exclude such evidence at trial on the shameful grounds that its introduction would impermissibly allow the jury to consider the victim s prior conduct in determining the guilt of the accused which is a bass ackwards way of turning the Rape Shield Law on its head all of which resulted in the conviction of the young woman and her sentencing to consecutive life sentences The novel further offers a sublime and visceral reflection on the context of it all against the vastness and beauty of the mountainous terrain surrounding the California women s correctional facility in which the protagonist is imprisoned peppered with comparisons to and excerpts from the journals of Thoreau and Ted KaczynskiMs Kushner has brilliantly structured a memorable arresting and enduring novel that should change the reader s perceptions of presentformer children of the streets and of foster homes showing how they view the world around them much differently than most do In some ways they are perceptive than those caught in the rat race but in others particularly in their formative years they re blinded by dire circumstances What I eventually came to The Bachelors Christmas Bride understand about San Francisco was that I was immersed in beauty and barred from seeing it Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for providing me an advance copy of this novel in return for an honest review


About the Author: Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the only writer to ever be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel She began her Bachelor’s in Political Economy at the University of California Berkeley when she was only sixteen and went on to obtain an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University She published her first novel Telex from Cuba in 2008 Kushner has edited for Gran