The Mars Room

The Mars Room

It?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 her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffin It?s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women?s Correctional Fac...

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Title:The Mars Room
Author:Rachel Kushner
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:338 pages pages

The Mars Room Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 09, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

  • Blair
    May 23, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

  • Elyse
    Jul 06, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    May 01, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

  • Jessica Sullivan
    May 15, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

    I think I would like to hear more from Kushner about the motivations for this book and the choices she made regarding its structure before I make a final judgement on how I feel about it. It seems to have received a lot of positive reviews in the pre-publication buzz. It is supposed to...

    Audiobook - 9:42 hours - Reader: Rachel Kushner Read 6:34 hours (67.0%) DNF - 1.0 star Late last year I read some reviews of this novel which were highly positive and these reviews, combined with the well-researched subject matter, lead me to think this would be a great read. I acqui...

    Why I Love it by Siobhan Jones Don?t read this book if you?re looking for a fun escape! I'm serious. Look, the whole team here at BOTM is behind The Mars Room. We think it?s gritty, unapologetic, and searingly memorable. The author has burrowed her way into the oft-ignored wo...

    I was blown away by The Mars Room. Reading this was akin to watching a modern day "human circus" from a front row seat. The main character, Romy. is a ?street smart?, hustling, ?do what you gotta do? straight up kind of woman. Romy is someone I?d want to know, talk to, obs...

    Kushner?s previous two novels have been nominated for the National Book Award (Telex From Cuba and The Flamethrowers) so this gifted writer?s latest offering was greeted eagerly by critics. But The Mars Room represents a new direction for Kushner. After spending years visiting wome...

    3ish Liked the Romy parts inside and out of prison. Author writes really well, but IMO the novel didn't really hang together. Shelby*trains flying monkeys* expressed my feelings perfectly in her review. ...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Certain women in prison make rules for everyone else, and the woman insisting on quiet was one of those. If you follow their rules, they make more rules. You have to fight people or you end up with nothing.' Everything has alread...

    4/5 Stars. This is a book about choices and consequences. But life is more than that: it?s also circumstances. This is a book about circumstances, too. Romy is serving a double life sentence in a California prison. Like most of the women there, her life before was tough and gri...

  • Joseph
    Mar 25, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

  • Ron Charles
    May 03, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Mar 07, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

    I think I would like to hear more from Kushner about the motivations for this book and the choices she made regarding its structure before I make a final judgement on how I feel about it. It seems to have received a lot of positive reviews in the pre-publication buzz. It is supposed to...

    Audiobook - 9:42 hours - Reader: Rachel Kushner Read 6:34 hours (67.0%) DNF - 1.0 star Late last year I read some reviews of this novel which were highly positive and these reviews, combined with the well-researched subject matter, lead me to think this would be a great read. I acqui...

    Why I Love it by Siobhan Jones Don?t read this book if you?re looking for a fun escape! I'm serious. Look, the whole team here at BOTM is behind The Mars Room. We think it?s gritty, unapologetic, and searingly memorable. The author has burrowed her way into the oft-ignored wo...

    I was blown away by The Mars Room. Reading this was akin to watching a modern day "human circus" from a front row seat. The main character, Romy. is a ?street smart?, hustling, ?do what you gotta do? straight up kind of woman. Romy is someone I?d want to know, talk to, obs...

    Kushner?s previous two novels have been nominated for the National Book Award (Telex From Cuba and The Flamethrowers) so this gifted writer?s latest offering was greeted eagerly by critics. But The Mars Room represents a new direction for Kushner. After spending years visiting wome...

    3ish Liked the Romy parts inside and out of prison. Author writes really well, but IMO the novel didn't really hang together. Shelby*trains flying monkeys* expressed my feelings perfectly in her review. ...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Certain women in prison make rules for everyone else, and the woman insisting on quiet was one of those. If you follow their rules, they make more rules. You have to fight people or you end up with nothing.' Everything has alread...

  • Trish
    May 21, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

  • Peter Boyle
    Jun 10, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

  • Canadian Reader
    Jul 10, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

  • Tatiana
    May 23, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Jun 13, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

  • Esil
    May 27, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

  • Kelli
    Jun 01, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

  • Emily May
    Jan 11, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

  • Angela M
    May 12, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    May 19, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

  • Perry
    Feb 11, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

  • Terence M
    May 26, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

    I think I would like to hear more from Kushner about the motivations for this book and the choices she made regarding its structure before I make a final judgement on how I feel about it. It seems to have received a lot of positive reviews in the pre-publication buzz. It is supposed to...

    Audiobook - 9:42 hours - Reader: Rachel Kushner Read 6:34 hours (67.0%) DNF - 1.0 star Late last year I read some reviews of this novel which were highly positive and these reviews, combined with the well-researched subject matter, lead me to think this would be a great read. I acqui...

  • debra
    May 08, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

    I think I would like to hear more from Kushner about the motivations for this book and the choices she made regarding its structure before I make a final judgement on how I feel about it. It seems to have received a lot of positive reviews in the pre-publication buzz. It is supposed to...

    Audiobook - 9:42 hours - Reader: Rachel Kushner Read 6:34 hours (67.0%) DNF - 1.0 star Late last year I read some reviews of this novel which were highly positive and these reviews, combined with the well-researched subject matter, lead me to think this would be a great read. I acqui...

    Why I Love it by Siobhan Jones Don?t read this book if you?re looking for a fun escape! I'm serious. Look, the whole team here at BOTM is behind The Mars Room. We think it?s gritty, unapologetic, and searingly memorable. The author has burrowed her way into the oft-ignored wo...

    I was blown away by The Mars Room. Reading this was akin to watching a modern day "human circus" from a front row seat. The main character, Romy. is a ?street smart?, hustling, ?do what you gotta do? straight up kind of woman. Romy is someone I?d want to know, talk to, obs...

    Kushner?s previous two novels have been nominated for the National Book Award (Telex From Cuba and The Flamethrowers) so this gifted writer?s latest offering was greeted eagerly by critics. But The Mars Room represents a new direction for Kushner. After spending years visiting wome...

    3ish Liked the Romy parts inside and out of prison. Author writes really well, but IMO the novel didn't really hang together. Shelby*trains flying monkeys* expressed my feelings perfectly in her review. ...

  • Tyler Goodson
    Mar 21, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

  • Debbie
    May 14, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

  • Neil
    Apr 19, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

    I think I would like to hear more from Kushner about the motivations for this book and the choices she made regarding its structure before I make a final judgement on how I feel about it. It seems to have received a lot of positive reviews in the pre-publication buzz. It is supposed to...

  • Rebecca McNutt
    Jun 07, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

  • Book of the Month
    May 01, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

    I think I would like to hear more from Kushner about the motivations for this book and the choices she made regarding its structure before I make a final judgement on how I feel about it. It seems to have received a lot of positive reviews in the pre-publication buzz. It is supposed to...

    Audiobook - 9:42 hours - Reader: Rachel Kushner Read 6:34 hours (67.0%) DNF - 1.0 star Late last year I read some reviews of this novel which were highly positive and these reviews, combined with the well-researched subject matter, lead me to think this would be a great read. I acqui...

    Why I Love it by Siobhan Jones Don?t read this book if you?re looking for a fun escape! I'm serious. Look, the whole team here at BOTM is behind The Mars Room. We think it?s gritty, unapologetic, and searingly memorable. The author has burrowed her way into the oft-ignored wo...

  • Kathleen
    May 29, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

    I think I would like to hear more from Kushner about the motivations for this book and the choices she made regarding its structure before I make a final judgement on how I feel about it. It seems to have received a lot of positive reviews in the pre-publication buzz. It is supposed to...

    Audiobook - 9:42 hours - Reader: Rachel Kushner Read 6:34 hours (67.0%) DNF - 1.0 star Late last year I read some reviews of this novel which were highly positive and these reviews, combined with the well-researched subject matter, lead me to think this would be a great read. I acqui...

    Why I Love it by Siobhan Jones Don?t read this book if you?re looking for a fun escape! I'm serious. Look, the whole team here at BOTM is behind The Mars Room. We think it?s gritty, unapologetic, and searingly memorable. The author has burrowed her way into the oft-ignored wo...

    I was blown away by The Mars Room. Reading this was akin to watching a modern day "human circus" from a front row seat. The main character, Romy. is a ?street smart?, hustling, ?do what you gotta do? straight up kind of woman. Romy is someone I?d want to know, talk to, obs...

    Kushner?s previous two novels have been nominated for the National Book Award (Telex From Cuba and The Flamethrowers) so this gifted writer?s latest offering was greeted eagerly by critics. But The Mars Room represents a new direction for Kushner. After spending years visiting wome...

  • Dan Friedman
    Jun 24, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

  • Roman Clodia
    May 08, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

  • Meow
    Jan 21, 2018

    2 1/2 stars. It's taken me a long time to admit that I just didn't like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head. ...

    3.5 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 ...

    Library Overdrive Audiobook....read by Rachel Kushner I didn?t even consider this book when it first popped up. ?Telex From Cuba? was a little too politically dense and long. There was a good story inside - but I remember the time & effort I put in - and wasn?t looking ...

    I'm one to admit when I just do not get the hype on a book. This is one that I just did not jump on the train with. I am bit confused by it actually. The majority of the book is about Romy, who has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering her stalker. She is poor and wo...

    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 and/or engaged in a sex-rela...

    When a friend asked me whether I liked the book I was reading, I told her, ?It?s refreshing! A novel about women in prison!? I was dead serious. It was only after my friend was losing it, laughing so hard, that I realized how weird my comment was. Laughing now too, I tried to def...

    The Mars Room pushed all the right buttons for me. I liked Kushner?s The Flamethrowers, but this was something else altogether. Here Kushner uses her talent to extraordinarily potent effect. The story is set in the early 2000s, focused primarily on Romy Hall, who is in a women?s pr...

    Rachel Kushner?s novels defy categorization. Her work reads easily but has a complexity that resists summation. She breaks rules and changes minds. This novel is both heavy and light at the same time, like a women?s prison in the Central Valley of California is tragic and absurd. O...

    This is a strong case of "it's not you, it's me." I have tried to read and like Rachel Kushner before, back when I read The Flamethrowers when it was the it book of the season. In the case of that book, what lingers is the description of the motorcycle crossing the salt flats, but at n...

    More than a week before the release of Rachel Kushner?s new novel, ?The Mars Room,? the New York Times published an excerpt in a special 12-page section. Hauntingly illustrated and spiced with artsy pull-quotes, it was an extraordinary presentation designed to proclaim the advent...

    I found this book structurally challenging, emotionally distant, and intentionally didactic. I?ve hit a rough patch with popular books recently, so I tried to ignore how disjointed this felt (and how disinterested I was) but in the end, it?s a 2.5 for me. ...

    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is a fictional examination of not only the prison system but of the circumstances and the people that are fed into the system. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Fi...

    I really liked this book for the most part; The Mars Room paints a vivid and haunting portrayal of life in a women's prison and what may have led to it, capturing perfectly the sense of isolation and injustice. That said, it seemed like the characters were almost unreal in a sense, and...

    The Mars Room is a politically motivated novel, described in its blurb as 'a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, [and] an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex'. The protagonist, Romy, is in prison. As we see through meandering ...

    Well written on a technical level, but there is not a single thing in this novel that hasn't been covered elsewhere, for instance, on Orange Is The New Black (the show). Adding Theroux quotes didn't elevate it to anything new, IMO. ...

    In the opening pages of The Mars Room, we are introduced to Romy Hall, and things are not going well for her, to put it mildly. In a previous life, she worked at a strip club and was a single mother to her young son, Jackson. Now she is being transported to a Women's Correctional Facil...

    4.5 stars Prison was a place where you had to be strong to get through each day. If you thought about some awful act you'd committed, every day, in graphic detail, enough to prove to a parole board that you had insight, the proverbial insight they wanted, needed, to let you go home...

    DNF I will not rate this because I absolutely could not force my way through it. I waited impatiently for this book to be published and obtained by my library. I picked up the CD set. I got through 4 of 9 discs - barely. I really wanted to like this book. I have never read Rac...

    One of the best of 2018 for sure. Masterful and unforgettable. ...

    This is a grim narrative written a flat, dead tone. Its central focus is a 29-year-old female inmate who has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus six years in a California prison for the murder of her stalker, Kurt (?the Creep? Kennedy). Romy Leslie Hall?named by...

    The eponymous Mars Room is a strip club in San Francisco, where the protagonist, Romy, age 29, used to work. She liked it, because she made good money and could buy drugs, get high, and the money helped support her son, Jackson (who is now seven). Romy won?t see him anymore, though, ...

    Rachel Kushner?s The Mars Room is an important novel, required reading for anybody with even passing interest in gender, race, class, and the American penal system. The Mars Room is largely told in the first person by Romy Hall, formerly a lap dancer, now trying to survive a life...

    I think I would like to hear more from Kushner about the motivations for this book and the choices she made regarding its structure before I make a final judgement on how I feel about it. It seems to have received a lot of positive reviews in the pre-publication buzz. It is supposed to...

    Audiobook - 9:42 hours - Reader: Rachel Kushner Read 6:34 hours (67.0%) DNF - 1.0 star Late last year I read some reviews of this novel which were highly positive and these reviews, combined with the well-researched subject matter, lead me to think this would be a great read. I acqui...

    Why I Love it by Siobhan Jones Don?t read this book if you?re looking for a fun escape! I'm serious. Look, the whole team here at BOTM is behind The Mars Room. We think it?s gritty, unapologetic, and searingly memorable. The author has burrowed her way into the oft-ignored wo...

    I was blown away by The Mars Room. Reading this was akin to watching a modern day "human circus" from a front row seat. The main character, Romy. is a ?street smart?, hustling, ?do what you gotta do? straight up kind of woman. Romy is someone I?d want to know, talk to, obs...