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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the author of internationally acclaimed The Flamethrowers a fearless and heartbreaking novel about love, friendship and incarcerationRomy Hall is starting two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women s Correctional Facility Her crime The killing of her stalker Inside awaits a world where women must hustle and fight for the bare essentials Outside the San Francisco of her youth The Mars Room strip club where she was once a dancer Her seven year old son, Jackson As Romy forms friendships over liquor brewed in socks and stories shared through sewage pipes her future seems to unfurl in one long, unwavering line until news from beyond the prison bars forces Romy to try and outrun her destiny Kushner is one of our most outstanding modern writers STYLIST More knowing about prison life than Orange Is The New Black so powerful NEW YORK TIMES Breathtaking VOGUE I struggled through to half way and it was a struggle I found the storyline quite haphazard and I couldn t get into the book at all. I am saddened by some of the negative reviews this book has received which just goes to show how people s tastes and perceptions of a good book differ The beginning of the book on a prisoner transport bus is so graphic and believable that the views outside the windows and the voices of the convicted women on the bus become very real The stories and inter actions of the women are described and we also get information on the horrific crimes they have committed We hear about the women on Death Row but it is left to the reader to decide whether a sentence of life without parole at 15 in the case of Button is a better outlook One reader described the book as boring but obviously life in this prison is boring The way it is described certainly is not. What a difficult, heart breaking, devastating novel I finished it last night and was speechless with emotions that s how much I loved it I slept on it and still am pretty much flabbergasted how can I describe the devastating reality happening in The Mars Room and all the roads that lead to and from it It is a story that switches between a few different narrators which are ultimately connected in strange and almost blink and you miss it ways The Mars Room is as much a tale about the experience of being female and living in poverty as it is about prison life in America Kushner spent time in prisons and displays an extraordinary knowledge of life inside told honestly and with no prettification.Shattering masterpiece, tragic and funny and nothing like you ve read before. This book is a series of horror stories The stage is the US prison system and the cruelty and violence is unrelenting but never fails to shock the reader, even the most cynical of us who knows that US prisons are not about rehabilitation and that deprivation of one s liberty is just the start of punishment The novel begins with a shocking opening where women prisoners are shackled both by the ankles and wrists during a move between prisons The prisoner who is about to give birth is given no special treatment because of a technicality because she has not been medically examined she is not officially pregnant and another morbidly obese prisoner who collapses is left lying on the floor of the vehicle because it is too much trouble for the prison staff to intervene Kushner does not attempt to show us the prisoners are nice people Many are killers and one even killed her own child That said, the prison staff too are brutalized by a regime which ignores everyone s humanity Prisoners families are subjected to a humiliating series of petty rules when they visit, even down to being told what items of clothing they should and should not wear Many years ago I worked for an organisation which helped the families of prisoners As part of the job I took volunteers on prison visits, to give them an idea of how the system works In the UK life prisoners are not routinely shackled and I met prison officers who had very good relationships with long term prisoners and were happy to eat meals prepared by them as I and my volunteer colleagues did I met others in a different prison who distrusted even short term prisoners who were incarcerated for short periods The open prison system in the late 1990s was clearly very different from the closed one at Barlinnie Glasgow where, as late as 1997 prisoners were slopping out and closed visits were routine The staff themselves undoubtedly had a harder job because of the constraints of the building and the lack of facilities Barlinnie was so overcrowded prisoners could only watch thirty minutes of television at any one time, no matter when the programme ended, causing a lot of disgruntlement All this seems as nothing compared with the picture Kushner paints of US prisons I found Kushner s prison novel compelling yet utterly bleak Kushner is a novelist, not a politician or prison reformer but I cannot help but think the novel has to be saying something and something very bad about the state of prisons in the US in the twenty first century.