[PDF] The Mars Room

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  • The Mars Room
  • Rachel Kushner
  • English
  • 10 June 2019
  • 9781448190591

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review ↠ The Mars Room 106 Er 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 precisionStunning 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 Yorke. Orange is the New Bleh First We'll Kill My Husband 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 Yorke. Orange is the New Bleh

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review ↠ The Mars Room 106 R 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. 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 andor 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 uite remarkably an improvement on her exuisite 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 plead out not to buck the system and when they do actually try a case at the client s insistence engage in shoddy trial practices that show a reckless indifference to duty justice and truth In the trial of the accused 28 year old protagonist for the murder of her stalker her attorney failed to fight to prove that the victim brazenly and relentlessly stalked the young lady over the course of several months spinelessly capitulating to the prosecutor s objection and motion to exclude such evidence at trial on the shameful grounds that its introduction would impermissibly allow the jury to consider the victim s prior conduct in determining the guilt of the accused which is a bass ackwards way of turning the Rape Shield Law on its head all of which resulted in the conviction of the young woman and her sentencing to consecutive life sentences The novel further offers a sublime and visceral reflection on the context of it all against the vastness and beauty of the mountainous terrain surrounding the California women s correctional facility in which the protagonist is imprisoned peppered with comparisons to and excerpts from the journals of Thoreau and Ted KaczynskiMs Kushner has brilliantly structured a memorable arresting and enduring novel that should change the reader s perceptions of presentformer children of the streets and of foster homes showing how they view the world around them much differently than most do In some ways they are perceptive than those caught in the rat race but in others particularly in their formative years they re blinded by dire circumstances What I eventually came to understand about San Francisco was that I was immersed in beauty and barred from seeing it Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for providing me an advance copy of this novel in return for an honest review The House on Tradd Street understand about San Francisco was that I was immersed in beauty and barred from seeing it Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for providing me an advance copy of this novel in return for an honest review

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review ↠ The Mars Room 106 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 AmericaIt’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 h. 35 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 doneWhile 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 paint set Gordon seems to reflect what Kushner wants us to see that these inmates are human beings It s about the flaws in our society the flaws in a justice system that won t allow someone to tell their side of the story the flaws in our penal system It is also about the flaws of inmates at a California prison whose fate on the one hand is a result of their choices However their circumstances their lives before incarceration make it difficult to be unsympathetic I received an advanced copy of this book from Scribner through NetGalley and Edelweiss