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The Mars Room

(2018)
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Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Featuring original music by Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon!

From twice National Book Award-nominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called "the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year" (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.

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 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 precision.

Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner's work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. As James Wood said in The New Yorker, her fiction "succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive."

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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June 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Mars Room
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-910702-67-6 / 978-1-910702-67-3 (UK edition)
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May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
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May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-4767-5658-9 / 978-1-4767-5658-5 (USA edition)
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mars Room
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ISBN: 0-09-958996-6 / 978-0-09-958996-9 (UK edition)
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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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 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Mars Room
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ISBN: 1-982100-75-3 / 978-1-982100-75-9 (USA edition)
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May 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Mars Room
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ISBN: 1-982102-01-2 / 978-1-982102-01-2 (USA edition)
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July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room
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July 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room
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July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room
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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
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Mars Room: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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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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