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The Mars Room

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mars Room, written and read by Rachel Kushner.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

The New York Times best seller.

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy's estranged mother.

Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. The deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision. Daily acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike. Allegiances formed over liquor brewed in socks, and stories shared through sewage pipes.

Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long, unwavering line - until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny and culminating in a climax of almost unbearable intensity. Through Romy - and through a cast of astonishing characters populating TheMars Room - Rachel Kushner presents not just a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America but an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Kushner is a young master. I honestly don’t know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way." - George Saunders

"Kushner is going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom we’ll be needing in hard times to come. She is a novelist of the very first order." - Robert Stone


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Hardback Editions

May 2019 : UK Hardback

Title: The Mars Room
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-4448-4089-4 / 978-1-4448-4089-6 (UK edition)
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Title: The Mars Room
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mars Room: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 0-09-958996-6 / 978-0-09-958996-9 (UK edition)
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Title: The Mars Room
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ISBN: 1-910702-68-4 / 978-1-910702-68-0 (UK edition)
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May 2018 : Paperback
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Title: Mars Room
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
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Audio Editions

July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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July 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
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July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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May 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-5082-4437-5 / 978-1-5082-4437-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Mars Room
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Scribner
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