Its 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Womens Correctional Facility, deep in Californias 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....
|Title||:||The Mars Room|
|Number of Pages||:||338 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Download » The Mars Room|
The Mars Room Reviews
This is a book about choices and consequences. But life is more than that: it’s also circumstances. This is a book about circumstances, too.
Romy is serving a double life sentence in a California prison. Like most of the women there, her life before was tough and gritty. She was a stripper in a seedy club. She tried to do right by her son, Jackson, but made the wrong choice in murdering a customer who stalked her.
The Mars Room shifts perspectives and timelines, and it’s disorienting for ...more
3ish Liked the Romy parts inside and out of prison. Author writes really well, but IMO the novel didn't really hang together. Shelby*trains flying monkeys* expressed my feelings perfectly in her review.
One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable.
Life isn't pretty or easy for Romy Hall the protagonist of Rachel Kushner's new novel The Mars Room. The Mars Room is a seedy strip bar where Romy earns enough to support her five year old son Jackson. That is until a Mars Room regular, Kurt Kennedy begins stalking Romy.
The story opens with our protagonist being transported to prison. The story vacillates between the past and the present. We slowly learn of Romy's life and what led her to prison while we experience prison through a variety of ...more
Audiobook - 9:42 hours - Reader: Rachel Kushner
Read 6:34 hours (67.0%) DNF - 1.0 star
Late last year I read some reviews of this novel which were highly positive and these reviews, combined with the well-researched subject matter, lead me to think this would be a great read. I acquired the audiobook and it has been sitting there waiting for me to choose a time when my headspace was in need of something gutsy, raw, and a bit different.
What I listened to was gutsy, raw, different and quite a bit m ...more
via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/
'Certain women in prison make rules for everyone else, and the woman insisting on quiet was one of those. If you follow their rules, they make more rules. You have to fight people or you end up with nothing.'
Everything has already been taken from Romy Hall, but at what point did her life, her little boy Jackson begin to drift away? With two consecutive life sentences to be served at the Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility in California’s Cen ...more
More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent of an extraordinary book. Indeed, a Times book critic followed up with a review calling “The Mars Room” “a major novel.”
Which may be the problem with this bleak tale about people trapped in the American prison system. “ ...more
I was blown away by The Mars Room. Reading this was akin to watching a modern day "human circus" from a front row seat.
The main character, Romy. is a “street smart”, hustling, “do what you gotta do” straight up kind of woman. Romy is someone I’d want to know, talk to, observe. She is a survivor who has been living on the fringes of society for most of her life. All her choices have been her own - including working as a lap dancer at a sleazy San Francisco dive named The Mars Room. She makes no a ...more