Ebook Ñ The Mars Room å 338 pages æ Dogsalonbristol

Book ñ The Mars Room Ç Rachel Kushner

Ageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living The Mars Kindle which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision 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 of a legion of women their repetitive recidivism and a vicious intergenerational cycle of passing down the pain Ms Kushner avoids the easy traps of a excusing crimes with what some might call a societal cop out or b downplaying a woman's free will in choosing to commit a crime instead of walking away Rather as all estimable authors do she deftly sculpts hard truths between lines behind bars and through an array of colorful supporting characters Ms Kushner approaches mastery in portraying authentic 20 something females from the outer fringes who contain a multitude of layers The Mars Room is uite remarkably an improvement on her exuisite craftwork in creating the 20 something free spirited artist Reno in The Flamethrowers which preceded this novel The novel is tantamount to an indictment of a legal system that pushes public defenders to plead out not to buck the system and when they do actually try a case at the client's insistence engage in shoddy trial practices that show a reckless indifference to duty justice and truth In the trial of the accused 28 year old protagonist for the murder of her stalker her attorney failed to fight to prove that the victim brazenly and relentlessly stalked the young lady over the course of several months spinelessly capitulating to the prosecutor's objection and motion to exclude such evidence at trial on the shameful grounds that its introduction would impermissibly allow the jury to consider the victim's prior conduct in determining the guilt of the accused which is a bass ackwards way of turning the Rape Shield Law on its head; all of which resulted in the conviction of the young woman and her sentencing to consecutive life sentences The novel further offers a sublime and visceral reflection on the context of it all against the vastness and beauty of the mountainous terrain surrounding the California women's correctional facility in which the protagonist is imprisoned peppered with comparisons to and excerpts from the journals of Thoreau and Ted KaczynskiMs Kushner has brilliantly structured a memorable arresting and enduring novel that should change the reader's perceptions of presentformer children of the streets and of foster homes showing how they view the world around them much differently than most do In some ways they are perceptive than those caught in the rat race but in others particularly in their formative years they're blinded by dire circumstances What I eventually came to understand about San Francisco was that I was immersed in beauty and barred from seeing it Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for providing me an advance copy of this novel in return for an honest review

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The Mars RoomIt’s 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 sh 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 at a California prison because she wanted to have people in her life “that the State of California rendered invisible to others” She brings these real people to us through a cast of characters in her fictional account of life in prison This book definitely depicts experiences that are far removed from mine Not just in the prison but the world where the prisoners came from strip cubs doing and dealing drugs hit jobs getting beaten enduring abuse as children I found this stressful to read and it was definitely out of my comfort zone But that’s not a bad thing as I learned It’s vulgar at times brutal a lot of the time raw most of the time and I assume pretty realistic given the research that the author has doneWhile we come to know the stories of a number of characters this felt like it was mostly Romy Hall’s story A single mother formerly a stripper at The Mars Room Romy has killed a man who stalked her is serving two consecutive life sentences plus 6 years There are other inmates whose stories we learn Fernandez Bette and Doc in the men’s prison We come to know someone from the outside Gordon Hauser a prison teacher who gets involved in the lives of some of the inmates mailing letters buying them books flower seeds a paint set Gordon seems to reflect what Kushner wants us to see that these inmates are human beings It’s about the flaws in our society the flaws in a justice system that won’t allow someone to tell their side of the story the flaws in our penal system It is also about the flaws of inmates at a California prison whose fate on the one hand is a result of their choices However their circumstances their lives before incarceration make it difficult to be unsympathetic I received an advanced copy of this book from Scribner through NetGalley and Edelweiss


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Ebook Ñ The Mars Room å 338 pages æ Dogsalonbristol ☆ [PDF] ✍ The Mars Room Author Rachel Kushner – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk 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 E 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 p 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 life; there’s so much “regular” out there Can I help it if I like to read about down and outers The truth is the dark is sometimes my light—I prefer rain to sun for instance A friend once read that that was a sign of mental illness Really lolYes this book was refreshing with its grit and spit edge and energy It’s mostly the story about Romy who’s serving a life sentence for murder It’s impossible not to feel sorry for her She had a bum lawyer and a crazy long sentence and she has a 7 year old kid who she most likely will never see againOh what a rich book Everyone is so vivid and real and nothing is sugar coated The prisoners are smart whacked desperate resigned sorry tough What stood out to me was the intense camaraderie and eually intense solitudeKushner humanizes the prisoners without going overboard There are no Tony Sopranos—no big time killers who we are manipulated into feeling sorry for We see how the prisoners’ precarious life on the outside where they were barely surviving in the underbelly of society served as a catalyst and a preview of their doomed futures Something that stuck in my mind was how adaptable the prisoners were They learned how to survive They created a tribe a microcosm of society with its own rules and routines Lots of bartering for precious goods One thing I love is the way Kushner shows us how two opposite conditions a sense of isolation and a sense of community co existed Even though this is in no way a message book I couldn’t help but think about the injustices done to prisoners For example there are two transgender characters and their situation is ten times worse than others’ It was horrifyingOne funny thing While I was reading I realized that the tone and content reminded me a lot of The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson a book I read recently and liked Turns out the author mentions Denis Johnson and his book Jesus' Son his most famous book which I haven’t yet read a few times in the book Pretty weird huh In fact a teacher at the prison gives Romy Jesus' Son and after reading it she said “I was paranoid he thought I was a no good ex junkie like the characters in the stories He said he gave it to me because it was excellent That it was one of his favorite books”So it sounds like Kushner was maybe emulating one of her own favorite writers and wanted readers to check him out too And funny a complaint I had with The Largesse of the Sea Maiden applies to The Mars Room too The rich engrossing stories of far out characters somewhat interfere with the plot Both books read like a series of powerful vignettes I both liked and disliked this I loved hearing about the down and outers but I also wanted the plot to move along Sometimes the story would get disjointed because of the segues Plus there were new characters introduced late in the game Even though most of them were just passing through it often slowed me down Man I wish I weren’t so picky but once I see a teensy little problem I can’t un see it Two other minor complaints There was a point of view problem a couple of times which is always jolting Also there are a few yes just a few pages that seemed lecture y a side trip about rich vs poor and another about DostoevskyBut these complaints are all minor because the language is so damn rich the characters so vivid You really feel like you are sitting there with them; the writer is amazingly good with prison details and the story sounds so authentic Kushner takes us into a world that most of us can’t imagine; she helps us imagine itReaders from San Francisco will love this book because Kushner paints a vivid picture of the city including street names district names etc It turns out that Kushner grew up in San Francisco and lived a life on the edge too In some ways she identified with her main character Romy although they were from different classesCheck out this great article on Kushner and the making of the book you must check out this particularly fantastic article in The New Yorker which talks about Kushner’s unusual life and how it affected her writing The article also shows us that Kushner did her homework—she got to know prisoners This makes the story that much authentichttpswwwnewyorkercommagazine20I am now officially fascinated by Kushner I must read her earlier novels I must And believe me I’d sign up for her memoir in a San Francisco minute Hope someday she writes one