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The Mars Room 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 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

10 thoughts on “The Mars Room

  1. says:

    2 1 2 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 head.I 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 the penal system Diverse characters, complicated family dynamics, and unfair bullshit that sees poor, working class women given shoddy legal representation Sign me up to be pissed off in the way that leads to 5 star ratings.But I found this book so disjointed, aloof and boring Even Romy s first person chapters felt distant and impersonal, like she was looking down on events from far away and not living them Perhaps this is some kind of literary technique, but it did nothing except make me feel completely disconnected.I understand the importance of The Mars Room It takes a look at how socioeconomic factors affect rate of incarceration, the quality of legal defense received, and recidivism The protagonist, 28 year old Romy Hall, killed a man who stalked her incessantly for months, but the jury didn t see any of that All they saw was the brutality of the crime Now Romy is serving consecutive life sentences in a California women s c...

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    3.5 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 done.While 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 pa...

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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 did decide to, and then he did it relentlessly If none of that had happened, I would not be on a bus heading for a life in a concrete slot The Mars Room grabbed me from the get go and I was hooked Romy Hall is serving two life sentences for murdering her stalker in front of a child Before this she worked as a stripper in a club called The Mars Room We follow both her life in the present, in prison along with all the other women serving time as well as flash backs to her life before bringing up her son Jackson, moving house to get away from her stalker.There are also chapters involving Doc a bent police officer serving time for murder, the woman who talked him into it is actually on death row in the same prison as Romy We see how he was besotted with Betty, would do anything for her which turned out to include murder He is kept in an extra tight security prison, along with paedophiles and rapists as they, along with ex coppers are most likely to be attacked by the ot...

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    Library Overdrive Audiobook.read 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 have a paper copy of The Flame Throwers which I ve started and stopped too many times the damn print is tiny.So with low expectations I downloaded the public library s Audiobook.I m BLOWN AWAY BY Rachel..and what she did with her VOICE Absolutely I think this is a phenomenal novel and I still can t get over how perfectly magnificent her voice is for the character of Romy Hall Her audio voice is so darn praiseworthy I just can t say it enough about the impact I felt it made on her book From start to finish I was bound tightly listening to The Mars Room I could visualize the strip club in San Francisco the bickering between the girls the men the hustle the rough reality the money passed I saw the Golden Gate Bridge the way Romy saw it a curse San Francisco was a place where fights started I saw the bars in the Sunset districtwith 10 year old girls hanging out near by already drinking the white powder already raped I saw the evil.I saw the choices I saw the harsh realities of our prison system the inmates and the guards.a women s prison from women s perspective Disturb...

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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 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 lol Yes, 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 again.Oh 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 m...

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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 stripper..so she basically stood no chance in the justice system.This 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 storylines.For example..one of my favorite shows of all time This one is sorta dark The women in the prison are not being portrayed as innocents..they did their crimes So it was not that that kinda soured this book for me.It was the jumping time line and viewpoints You had so many different storylines that were thrown into the mix that NEVER came together At ...

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    Orange is the New Bleh.

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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 and or 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, quite remarkably, an improvement on her exquisite 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 ple...

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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, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women s prison for life for murder Kushner does a great job of showing the reality of Romy s life where she came from, how she got to prison, and her life in prison There is no sugar coating Romy s life is harsh and she is hard edged At the same time, Kushner does a great job showing how smart, resourceful and resilient Romy is But life has offered very few choices and plenty of traps to Romy Somehow, I found the end heartbreaking but brilliant Besides Romy, The Mars Room features a few other characters connected to Romy or life in prison Ultimately, Kushner s book suggests that the path that gets women into pri...

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    Rachel Kushner writes about mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, and she does it by looking at the individuals who make up that mass, and the singular rules and facilities that constitute the bigger complex Novels about the poor, about drug addicts and the disenfranchised always run the risk to use their protagonists as mere devices in order to illustrate societal problems even Brecht often did that , but Kushner gives her characters dignity and complexity She excuses nothing we are dealing with convicted fellons, many of them murderers, some on death row but she illustrates the reality in which these women were brought up, and that puts the terrible decisions they made in context, and it raises the question what the aim of the prison system should be.The main character is Romy, a young mother, former stripper and former drug addict, who got two life sentences plus six years for killing her stalker We meet her on the way to prison, and she is the one holding the story together while we get to know her fellow inmates, her public defense lawyer and the prison teacher We learn about all of these characters in several flashbacks that not only give details about Romy s crime, but also inform the rea...

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