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    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

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    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 Calif

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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 h

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    Library Overdrive Audiobookread by Rachel Kushner I didn’t even consider this book when it first popped up “Telex From Cuba” was a little too politically dense and long There was a good story inside but I remember the time effort I put in and wasn’t looking forward to ‘that’ experience again Plus I

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    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading I told her “It’s refreshing A novel about wom

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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 murdering her stalker She is poor and worked as a stripperso she basically stood no chance in the justice systemThis part of the book kept me interested For some sicko reason prison type dramas are o

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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 tee

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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 200

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    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 writ

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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 precisio. 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 murdering her stalker She is poor and worked as a stripperso she basically stood no chance in the justice systemThis part of the book kept me interested For some sicko reason prison type dramas are one of my favorite subjectsand it does not have to be farting unicorn type storylinesFor exampleone of my favorite shows of all time This one is sorta dark The women in the prison are not being portrayed as innocentsthey did their crimes So it was not that that kinda soured this book for meIt was the jumping time line and viewpoints You had so many different storylines that were thrown into the mix that NEVER came together At the end of the book I thought maybe it would all tie in but it doesn t It was just random Then when Romy s crime is finally explained I did not really like her much either I may need a warning on some books that I m just not smart or edgey enough to get them Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review

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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. 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

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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. 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 much regular out there Can I help it if I like to read about down and outers The truth is the dark is sometimes my light I prefer rain to sun for instance A friend once read that that was a sign of mental illness Really lolYes this book was refreshing with its grit and spit edge and energy It s mostly the story about Romy who s serving a life sentence for murder It s impossible not to feel sorry for her She had a bum lawyer and a crazy long sentence and she has a 7 year old kid who she most likely will never see againOh what a rich book Everyone is so vivid and real and nothing is sugar coated The prisoners are smart whacked desperate resigned sorry tough What stood out to me was the intense camaraderie and eually intense solitudeKushner humanizes the prisoners without going overboard There are no Tony Sopranos no big time killers who we are manipulated into feeling sorry for We see how the prisoners precarious life on the outside where they were barely surviving in the underbelly of society served as a catalyst and a preview of their doomed futures Something that stuck in my mind was how adaptable the prisoners were They learned how to survive They created a tribe a microcosm of society with its own rules and routines Lots of bartering for precious goods One thing I love is the way Kushner shows us how two opposite conditions a sense of isolation and a sense of community co existed Even though this is in no way a message book I couldn t help but think about the injustices done to prisoners For example there are two transgender characters and their situation is ten times worse than others It was horrifyingOne funny thing While I was reading I realized that the tone and content reminded me a lot of The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson a book I read recently and liked Turns out the author mentions Denis Johnson and his book Jesus Son his most famous book which I haven t yet read a few times in the book Pretty weird huh In fact a teacher at the prison gives Romy Jesus Son and after reading it she said I was paranoid he thought I was a no good ex junkie like the characters in the stories He said he gave it to me because it was excellent That it was one of his favorite books So it sounds like Kushner was maybe emulating one of her own favorite writers and wanted readers to check him out too And funny a complaint I had with The Largesse of the Sea Maiden applies to The Mars Room too The rich engrossing stories of far out characters somewhat interfere with the plot Both books read like a series of powerful vignettes I both liked and disliked this I loved hearing about the down and outers but I also wanted the plot to move along Sometimes the story would get disjointed because of the segues Plus there were new characters introduced late in the game Even though most of them were just passing through it often slowed me down Man I wish I weren t so picky but once I see a teensy little problem I can t un see it Two other minor complaints There was a point of view problem a couple of times which is always jolting Also there are a few yes just a few pages that seemed lecture y a side trip about rich vs poor and another about DostoevskyBut these complaints are all minor because the language is so damn rich the characters so vivid You really feel like you are sitting there with them the writer is amazingly good with prison details and the story sounds so authentic Kushner takes us into a world that most of us can t imagine she helps us imagine itReaders from San Francisco will love this book because Kushner paints a vivid picture of the city including street names district names etc It turns out that Kushner grew up in San Francisco and lived a life on the edge too In some ways she identified with her main character Romy although they were from different classesCheck out this great article on Kushner and the making of the book you must check out this particularly fantastic article in The New Yorker which talks about Kushner s unusual life and how it affected her writing The article also shows us that Kushner did her homework she got to know prisoners This makes the story that much authentichttpswwwnewyorkercommagazine20I am now officially fascinated by Kushner I must read her earlier novels I must And believe me I d sign up for her memoir in a San Francisco minute Hope someday she writes one

  • Hardcover
  • 338
  • The Mars Room
  • Rachel Kushner
  • English
  • 11 November 2019
  • 9781476756554

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