Author(s): Rachel Kushner
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
From the author of internationally acclaimed The Flamethrowers - a fearless and heartbreaking novel about love, friendship and incarceration.
Romy Hall is starting two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Her crime? The killing of her stalker.
Inside awaits a world where women must hustle and fight for the bare essentials. Outside: the San Francisco of her youth. The Mars Room strip club where she was once a dancer. Her seven-year-old son, Jackson.
As Romy forms friendships over liquor brewed in socks and stories shared through sewage pipes her future seems to unfurl in one long, unwavering line - until news from beyond the prison bars forces Romy to try and outrun her destiny.
'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
"The Mars Room is mysterious and irreducible. The writing is beautiful -- from hard precision to lyrical imagery, with a flawless feel for when to soar and when to pull back." * Dana Spiotta * "The Mars Room is uniquely informed ... empathetic. An addictive novel, laced throughout with bracing intelligence." * Joshua Ferris * "It's her best book yet, another big step forward. " * Jonathan Franzen *
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.