The Mars Room (Paperback)

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With this, her latest novel, Kushner draws a dark, gritty picture of California in the early aughts, and manages to find moments of humanity where there seem to be none.  Romy Hall is a young mom serving a prison sentence with no hope of parole, and the day-to-day drama of existing inside the broken prison system is a special kind of hell.  How much sympathy does someone like Romy deserve? and what makes life worth living in a situation like hers? Dar and sad, yes... but stunningly beautifully written and real.

— Erika

May 2018 Indie Next List

“Rachel Kushner writes some seriously smart and gorgeous prose, so when she headed to prison in The Mars Room, I went. It is dark. It is painful. At times, the level of detail in the book and its fabulously invented and drawn characters make it feel like a documentary. We are struggling with so many social justice issues across the country right now it is overwhelming, and I worried that The Mars Room would push me over the edge. Instead, I couldn't stop reading. What really happened? Who is to blame? How will things turn out? How can we make things better? Ultimately, Kushner's great success is profoundly illustrating a very simple message: It's complicated.”
— Sara Hinckley, Hudson Booksellers, Marietta, GA

Product Details
ISBN: 9788954672832
ISBN-10: 8954672833
Publisher: Munhak Dongnae
Publication Date: June 24th, 2020
Language: Korean