The Mars Room (Ebook ebook) by Rachel Kushner

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Bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living which Kushner evokes with great humor and precisio. 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 worked as a stripperso she basically stood no chance in the justice systemThis part of the book kept me interested For some sicko reason prison type dramas are one of my favorite subjectsand it does not have to be farting unicorn type storylinesFor exampleone of my favorite shows of all time This one is sorta dark The women in the prison are not being portrayed as innocentsthey did their crimes So it was not that that kinda soured this book for meIt was the jumping time line and viewpoints You had so many different storylines that were thrown into the mix that NEVER came together At the end of the book I thought maybe it would all tie in but it doesn t It was just random Then when Romy s crime is finally explained I did not really like her much either I may need a warning on some books that I m just not smart or edgey enough to get them Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review

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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. If I had never worked at The Mars Room If I had never met Creep Kennedy If Creep Kennedy had not decided to stalk me But he did decide to and then he did it relentlessly If none of that had happened I would not be on a bus heading for a life in a concrete slot The Mars Room grabbed me from the get go and I was hooked Romy Hall is serving two life sentences for murdering her stalker in front of a child Before this she worked as a stripper in a club called The Mars Room We follow both her life in the present in prison along with all the other women serving time as well as flash backs to her life before bringing up her son Jackson moving house to get away from her stalkerThere are also chapters involving Doc a bent police officer serving time for murder the woman who talked him into it is actually on death row in the same prison as Romy We see how he was besotted with Betty would do anything for her which turned out to include murder He is kept in an extra tight security prison along with paedophiles and rapists as they along with ex coppers are most likely to be attacked by the other inmatesAnother POV is Gordon Hauser working in the women s prison as a teacher helping most of them get their high school diplomas Though he freuently is screwed over by some of the inmatesThis book is dark but gripping it shines a light on a part of society we see very little of We learn that everything isn t all black and white Some of these women have served 20 years for minor offences whereas others were cold hard killers Who are we to decide what length of time is enough for a crime We are left with the ongoing uestion was Romy in the right to murder her stalker When we finally read about how that scene played out I still wasn t sure myself Yet that one choice has sent her to prison for the rest of her days Life does not go off the rails because it is the rails goes where it goes

review The Mars Room

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. Orange is the New Bleh


10 thoughts on “The Mars Room

  1. says:

    2 12 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 headI thought I would love it It felt like

  2. says:

    35 stars I read an in depth article in New Yorker Magazine that made it apparent why Rachel Kushner can so vividly bring her characters in this book to life The link to the article is below She followed an inmate

  3. says:

    If I had never worked at The Mars Room If I had never met Creep Kennedy If Creep Kennedy had not decided to stalk me But he did decide to and

  4. says:

    Library Overdr

  5. says:

    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 defend myself I just get tired of straight old lif

  6. says:

    Orange is the New Bleh

  7. says:

    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 fo

  8. says:

    The Mars Room is a provocative raveworthy exploration of choices or indeed the absence of any perceived choice for adolescent and teen female criminals on the lower echelon of the socio economic scale who grow up sexually abused addicted to street drugs andor engaged in a sex related trade because they've had no choice in where how and by whom they were raised the adverse societal effects being the counterproductive institutionalization

  9. says:

    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 prison for life for murder Kushner does a great job of showing the

  10. says:

    At first this seems like a monumental achievement; a masterful storyteller giving voice to the incarcerated Difficult characters come to life in unexpected ways They're complex flawed a little evil and a lot good

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