The Mars Room
by Rachel Kushner
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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THE NEW YORK TIMES best-seller**’Kushner is one of our most remarkable modern writersSTYLIST ” More about life in prison[that Orange Is The New Black]so powerfulNEW YORK TIMES to cut the BreathVOGUE Romy Hall is at the beginning of two years consecutive to life imprisonment, over six years, at Stanville Correctional Center for WomenThe outside is the world from which she was definitively broken: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognitionThe March of the Striptease Club Hall where she once gave turn of dances for a lifeAnd his seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in Romy’s custody separated from the motherInside, a new reality to adapt it to: thousands of women hurrying for the essentials necessary to surviveThe relentless, dry-joking absurdities of institutional life, which Kushner details with humour and precisionDaily violence committed by guards and detaineesAllegiances formed in the course of alcohol stirred in the socks, and stories shared by the sewersRomy sees the future stretching further than she does in a long, unshakeable online – until news from outside brings a fierce urgency to her existence, against her to escape her own destiny and culminating in a climax of almost unsustainable intensityBy Romy – and through a cast of astonishing characters populating Mars – Rachel Kushner’s Room presents not only a bold and sentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but an exciting attack on the prison industry
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