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The Resource The Mars Room

The Mars Room

Label
The Mars Room
Title
The Mars Room
Statement of responsibility
Rachel Kushner
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Language
eng
Summary
TIME'S #1 FICTION TITLE OF THE YEARNEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018 FINALIST for the MAN BOOKER PRIZE and the NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD LONGLISTED for the ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL An instant New York Times bestseller from two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room earned tweets from Margaret Atwood—"gritty, empathic, finely rendered, no sugar toppings, and a lot of punches, none of them pulled"—and from Stephen King—"The Mars Room is the real deal, jarring, horrible, compassionate, funny."It's 2003 and Romy Hall, named after a German actress, 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: her young son, Jackson, and the San Francisco of her youth. 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, portrayed with great humor and precision. Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room is "wholly authentic...profound...luminous" (The Wall Street Journal), "one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart" (The New York Times Book Review, cover review)—a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined and "affirms Rachel Kushner as one of our best novelists" (Entertainment Weekly)
Summary
A woman begins serving two life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility deep in 2003 California's Central Valley, reflecting on the San Francisco of her youth and her relationship with her young son while navigating the harsh realities of a bare-essentials life of casual violence at the hands of the guards and her fellow inmates
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2019.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2018.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2018
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10657925
Cataloging source
DLC
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Kushner, Rachel
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
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  • 870
  • 870
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Mystery
Target audience
adult
Label
The Mars Room
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Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781476756608
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Mars Room
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781476756608
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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