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The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
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Read 3 times. Last read June 1, 2018.

In 'The Mars Room', Rachel Kushner tells the tale of Romy Hall, a young mother and former stripper facing a lifelong stretch in a California women's prison after killing her stalker. The narrative follows Romy over four years, as she adjusts to life in a hopeless and uncaring environment, and reveals what brought her to this desperate point. Kushner also considers other perspectives, including various inmates, the murder victim, and a failed writer turned prison tutor who finds himself drawn by Romy's intelligence. Alongside these overlapping voices, Kushner interpolates references to Thoreau's nature writing, the moral questions posed by Dostoyevsky's fiction, and the diaries of Unabomber Ted Kacynski. Despite the bleak setting, there is warmth and humour in 'The Mars Room', making it the best new novel I've read so far this year.

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June 1, 2018 – Started Reading
June 1, 2018 – Started Reading
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