The Mars Room: A Novel (CD-Audio)

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Rachel Kushner writes some seriously smart and gorgeous prose; so when she headed to prison with The Mars Room, I went. It is dark. It is painful. At times, the level of detail in the book, the fabulously invented and drawn characters, make it feel like a documentary. Kushner’s skill is astounding. I have a friend who has spent decades working for prison reform, and we are struggling with so many social justice issues across the country right now it is overwhelming. I worried that The Mars Room would push me over the edge! But instead, I couldn’t stop reading. What really happened? How will things turn out? Who is to blame? How could we make things better? Ultimately Kushner's message, her great success, is to profoundly illustrate a very simple message: it's complicated.

— Sara, Atlanta

Romy has a bleak life. She essentially raised herself on the streets of San Francisco, worked in strip clubs before she was 16, moved all over California with her young son, and ends up serving two consecutive life sentences in prison for murder. The Mars Room is a somber portrait of unrelentingly harsh world. In spite of having virtually no assistance, Romy attempts to fit in on the fringes of society and build a life for her son while maintaining as much dignity as she can.

— Christine, Chicago ORD

Both heartbreaking and humorous, The Mars Room paints an unflinching picture of the women’s prison system and the women that inhabit it. Kushner offers a glimpse into the underbelly of society and offers up complex characters, from prostitutes to prison wardens. I couldn’t put it down!

— Jenn, Atlanta

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

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TIME’S #1 FICTION TITLE OF THE YEAR • NEW 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).

About the Author


Rachel Kushner is the bestselling author of The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2013; Telex from Cuba, a finalist for the National Book Award; and The Mars Room. She lives in Los Angeles.

Rachel Kushner is the bestselling author of The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2013; Telex from Cuba, a finalist for the National Book Award; and The Mars Room. She lives in Los Angeles.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781508244370
ISBN-10: 1508244375
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Language: English