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The Mars Room
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
From twice National Book Awardnominated 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. Its 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Womens Correctional Facility, deep in Californias 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 Kushners 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. Kushner is going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom well be needing in hard times to come. She is a novelist of the very first order. Robert Stone Kushner is a young master. I honestly dont know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way. George Saunders
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peacegypsy
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Mehso-so

This novel shows the ugly side not only of prisons, but also of proverbial sunny California. I didn‘t enjoy the book, but that‘s probably a good thing given the number of reprehensible characters. It sheds light on the “other” America that we must force ourselves to see if real social change is going to happen.

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peacegypsy
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Seeing the less attractive side of San Francisco just a few pages in.

JackOBotts Looking forward to seeing your thoughts! This is a #botmbacklog for me. 4mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this novel. Through the story of Romy Hall and her path to prison it paints a picture of a California that John Steinbeck or Woody Guthrie would recognize, a place of beauty and opportunity for those who are privileged enough to access it, but a trap, a Catch-22, for those who aren't. It's infused with a mix of hope and existential exhaustion.

Megabooks Yes! Excellent review. 14mo
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ImperfectCJ
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A hike in the morning, a movie later this afternoon, and in between, I get to read and hang with Silo while spouse does homeschool with the children. Not a bad Friday.

sharread Kitty with tongue out so cute. ❤❤ 14mo
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Centique
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Look what arrived @Cathythoughts ! Thank you so much. I‘m so excited to read this book, it sounds just like my sort of read 😍 And the CD! Your famous and talented husband. I‘m going to go hang in my sons room and borrow his CD player and listen to it this afternoon. Thank you so much, it is so kind of you! 💕💕

Megabooks Such a great book! Very kind gift @Cathythoughts ! 1y
batsy Lovely 💖 1y
LeahBergen Aww! So sweet. 💜💜 1y
Tanisha_A How sweet! 💕 1y
Cathythoughts Your very welcome Paula! I hope you will enjoy the book & the songs 😘😘 1y
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LapReader
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Mehso-so

Reading this one for my international book club. It‘s a slow burn. Flowers are from my Head Teacher to say thankyou for all the over time I have been doing with the Higher School Certificate this year as a reader and writer for Year 12s that need special provisions.

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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

This book was a bit of a mixed bag... the writing is really good, but the book gets repetitive at times and doesn‘t seem to have a plot; the characters are well-developed, but not very likable; the story is dark and sad, but has its moments of humor and hope. The great ending, together with the fact it was compelling enough that I couldn‘t stop listening, make it a pick.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

TheBookHippie It‘s sitting in my TBR pile for the last forever 😩🤦🏽‍♀️ thanks for the review. 2y
KatieDid927 Agreed. I will also add that it‘s not a book that sticks with you. I read it right away as my BotM pick a couple years ago and barely remember it now. 2y
BarbaraBB I felt like I had books like this one a thousand times before. Or watched on tv. Nothing memorable about it. I don‘t remember the ending though 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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NovelNancy
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Mehso-so

At first the story seems disjointed, but it comes together in the end. The characters and setting are well developed that I found myself emotionally connected to the story. Systemic poverty is so pervasive in U.S. society that it helps keep the prisons full.

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AReedCollett
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Mehso-so

A story about a woman who is sent to prison on 2 life sentences for murder and the surrounding her life before and after her incarceration. Very reminiscent of Orange is the New Black, minus the dark humor. #arrcreads #botm

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Michellesibs
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Panpan

Its neither character or plot driven, the only thing driving this was my determination to finish it.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2863580627

j.rye I just bailed on this. I wanted to try to stick it out, but it was so all over the place and boring af. 😑 2y
Michellesibs @j.rye I'm so glad it wasnt just me! 2y
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danibel
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charl08 Great quote! 2y
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vivastory
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Suet624 Great point. I know a bunch of people in City Hall that I used to work with who have said they wanted out for close to 20 years. Honestly, it's ridiculous. 3y
readordierachel I almost brought this book with me on vacation. I'm regretting that I left it at home now. 3y
vivastory @readordierachel I got about 75 pages in & switched to another book. I definitely recommend it but I'm in the mood for something different now. Will definitely be going back to it though. Safe travels!! 3y
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readordierachel Good to know. And, thank you! 😊 Are you traveling anywhere for the holidays? 3y
vivastory @readordierachel No, most of my family is here in KC. It's nice to now have quiet holidays, but I have good memories of traveling over the holidays when I lived in Minneapolis. 3y
readordierachel That sounds nice. Quiet holidays are lovely. I honestly wouldn't travel during them if I didn't have to. Enjoy :) 3y
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ElizaMarie
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Fits a category :)

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️

#WinterReadsBingo

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ElizaMarie
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Mehso-so

So for the most part I enjoyed it. It‘s heavy (I can do heavy) but the ended what losing me. Had to relisten a few times... then downloaded the ebook and read the ending to grasp it because it was tuning it out.., the author‘s tone was hard to engage at times) ... pick print over audio.

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️+ 15 points #TBRRead= 16 points

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danibel
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Currently reading

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onebigshoe
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Pickpick

I‘d read Flamethrowers, so I thought I had a handle on Kushner‘s writing—but, it would seem that she is a literary shapeshifter. I enjoyed Flamethrowers, but loved The Mars Room. This book is truly a stunning achievement. A lot of research must have gone into this novel, as it feels utterly authentic. Wondering if Rachel spent time in stir. Big love.

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ElizaMarie
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So this was put on my #TBRRead after #Murderino Georgia mentioned it on #MFM podcast. This isn‘t a Holiday book but it will be my commute to and from book and shower book :)

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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

This is the kind of poetry I love. This book has been on my TBR list for years!

TheBookHippie Ohhhh I have it on my TBR as well! I‘ll move it up! 3y
Megabooks Love this one! 3y
TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks well maybe add it!!! 3y
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booksbeersandbars
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Pickpick

We'll written book about the life of a prisoner...end seemed a bit rushed (which I hate), but it was good overall

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Megabooks
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I called to renew my car insurance today & the customer service rep asked me if I wanted to add life insurance.

I said “No, I couldn‘t. My husband would get someone to kill me for it then he‘d get a dirty cop to kill the hitman then my husband & the dirty cop would get arrested, & he‘d get someone to murder the cop in prison & I just couldn‘t have that blood on my conscience.”

Kidding! 😳😝 Plot line from tagged that I‘m rereading. Not a spoiler

britt_brooke 🤣 3y
KathyWheeler 😂 3y
TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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OnlyYoo So no to the life insurance then? Lol 3y
Megabooks Thanks for laughing with me y‘all! @britt_brooke @KathyWheeler @TheBookHippie And yes, hard pass 🤣🤣 @OnlyYoo 3y
Reggie Lololol 3y
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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AnneCecilie
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Pickpick

A novel about Romy Hall. We met her as she is driven out the Stanville Women‘s Correctional Facility, and we get insight into her life in prison and her fellow inmates. We also get the story of how she ended up at Stanville.

The novel offers insight into the life in prison and what the inmates to to pass the time.

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AnneCecilie
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This scene reminds me of “Black Wings has my Angel” and the scene with Virginia.

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AnneCecilie
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner

Did you ever notice that women can seem common while men never do? You won‘t ever hear anyone describe a man‘s appearance as common. The common man means the average man, a typical man, a decent hardworking person of modest dreams and resources. A common woman is a woman who looks cheap. A woman who looks cheap doesn‘t have to be respected, and so she has a certain value, a certain cheap value.

[p. 24/25]

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AnneCecilie
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Next up

I‘m going to an author event on Wednesday where Kushner will be talking about this novel. It‘s probably time to start reading, right?

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IamIamIam
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Finished up that Ruth Ware & grabbed this one to try. I noticed mixed reviews and I'm hoping the author's reading doesn't kill it for me. I know that can be dicey!! I pulled this out of a long list of Debbie Macomber, Jodie Picoult and naked people on covers... LOL, slim pickings if you're just looking for available audiobooks... or I'm a bit of a snob. Either way... 😤

Victoriahoperose I liked this book! I think it‘s a worthwhile one to read. A little different, but interesting. 3y
IamIamIam @Victoriahoperose I might get it in print because this author's voice is killing me!! 😫 It's flat and I feel like I'm in high school again, rolling my eyes through the next paragraph. It's tough going already and I'm only 10 minutes in! 3y
Megabooks I liked it, but I read the print, not audio. 3y
IamIamIam @Megabooks I think that's my new plan. The author was really grating on my nerves! 3y
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Caroline2
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Pickpick

What a heartbreakingly raw read. I can see how this isn‘t for everyone. Romy Hall is serving a life sentence and her story is told in chaotic flashbacks, which can make it an uncomfortable read; but for me it works. Her life is so messed up so the style fits; I was right there in the turmoil with her. This book consumed me; I feel a bit traumatised!!

Zelma This was quite good, though I didn‘t love the scenes toward the end. It just didn‘t quite work for me. 3y
Caroline2 @Zelma yeah, it seems to be a love it/hate it kinda book. 🤷‍♀️ 3y
jhod I loved this too xx 3y
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Caroline2
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I‘ve heard mixed reviews but I‘m looking forward to reading this one next. 👍🏻 #prison #letstravelaugust

OriginalCyn620 This was my choice too! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo!! 3y
Caroline2 @OriginalCyn620 Great minds! 😉 3y
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Kimberlone I ended up really liking this book even though it wasn‘t what I expected 3y
Caroline2 @Kimberlone oh that‘s good to know! 👍🏻 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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The last book I read that takes place in a #prison. #letstravelaugust
👮🏻‍♀️⛓

Megabooks I really liked this book. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How was this one?? 3y
OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was okay. Something fell flat for me and I‘m not quite sure if I liked the ending. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 I have it... on the shelf lol 3y
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JSW
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Pickpick

I could not put this one down. Riveting and heartbreaking and raw. Such tragedy surrounds us in people‘s lives.

readordierachel I just started this one! I definitely see what you mean. 3y
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GloVerdino
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Apparently I just can‘t help myself at a used book store sale!

AmyG Hahaha. Who CAN? 3y
GloVerdino @AmyG Very true! 3y
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Megabooks
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@britt_brooke I did like it! I thought Doc‘s storyline was superfluous but interesting. As someone who used to watched Locked Up and now watches Girls Incarcerated, this was kinda up my alley. I like the voice and perspective jumping. That‘s my thing, too. 4⭐️

#bfc #bfcr2 #goteam Managed to up my walking downtown tonight! Book 27/28

Going to start Rainbirds next, I think. #botmbacklog lol!

britt_brooke So happy you liked it, too. Nice review! 3y
Charityann 👍🏼😊 3y
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3y
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TheEllieMo Excellent progress! 3y
Emilymdxn Your amount of reading is genuinely so inspiring!! 3y
Megabooks @britt_brooke Thanks! 😊😊 (edited) 3y
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thank you!! 3y
Megabooks @TheEllieMo Thanks!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Megabooks @Emilymdxn You‘re doing pretty well yourself!! And thank you! 😊😊 3y
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Megabooks
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Reading this #BOTM from last year. At least I have my sushi book mark! I think those two are my favorites. 💜🍣💜

RaimeyGallant Great bookmark. Great book, too! 3y
Megabooks @RaimeyGallant Thanks! I‘m enjoying it. 👍🏻 3y
britt_brooke This one is pretty dark and somber, but I really liked it. Far exceeded my expectations. 3y
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Megabooks @britt_brooke I‘m 50ish pages in and definitely getting that vibe. I like it so far. Good for my mood reading! 3y
Reviewsbylola I still haven‘t read this one! 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I can‘t tell if it‘s going to be a pick or a so-so. We‘ll see! 3y
Clwojick That bookmark! 😍 3y
Megabooks @Clwojick Thanks!! 3y
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ReadUntilYourEyesAreRed
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Mehso-so

I loved this book although the change of perspectives was almost a bit unnecessary, I wish it had followed Romy all the way through in a way as Doc didn‘t add a lot. Overall all a very good read ,comes across as almost non-fiction. P.S. lovely to get back to Litsy for summer hot tub reads after the busy exam season :)

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Readerann
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Pickpick

Even if we don‘t love a book, I think we often feel better for reading it because it takes us to some knowledge and understanding of lives different from our own. #ToB

Suet624 Exactly. 3y
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jillannjohn
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I started this book while waiting for my mom at the hospital. What I really needed was a light read. I don‘t know what I was thinking, this is a depressing book. Still going though...

CaitlinR As an aging feminist, I really wanted to love this book. Tried it in paper; tried in as audio. Bailed on both. 3y
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Macnjen
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Audiobook. I'm impressed, this novel sounds like non-fiction. This is a story of a young woman sent to prison and her story. First heard of list from Anne Bogel's “What Should I Read Next“ podcast. Not for the weak of heart in some places. Glad I listened, it's a quick story. The narrator's voice wasn't my favorite but it did remind me the protagonist is a young person, which was good.

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Macnjen
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Next audiobook.

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Cathythoughts
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#MayMovieMagic #SpaceOddity I do have this book at home .. but I‘m not that inclined to pick it up 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Not a fav for me. 3y
batsy I'm not sure why, but I don't much feel like reading this one either (or any of her previous books 🤷🏽‍♀️) 3y
Cinfhen It wasn‘t worthy of any of the hype, IMHO #JustSayin 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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BOTM used to get #allmylove. Along with the #botmchallenge, I also had multiple accounts and constantly raves about the service. Sadly, it‘s gone downhill, and I have canceled my subscription multiple times. This is my current collection, which includes favorite titles and TBR. #anglophileapril

Mdargusch I still love my collection ❤️ 3y
mdemanatee I got my mom a six month subscription for XMas so she could try new things and I got to see some of her editions when home for Easter and definitely understood your critique of the binding. 3y
Cinfhen You were Queen of #BOTM 👑sorry they let you down☹️ @bitterbetty 3y
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Gissy 📚📚📚😍❤️❤️❤️ 3y
swishandflick I'm so salty that they started this whole "BOTM BFF" loyalty program right after I quit after being a member for two years! 3y
Reviewsbylola It‘s such bullshit!! I‘ve ordered 38 boxes thru my main account over the last three years but because I canceled recently, it shows that I‘ve only ordered one box on the BFF page. 🙄 @swishandflick 3y
emilyhaldi Get it together BOTM!!!!!!! 3y
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youneverarrived
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I wish this had stayed with Romys perspective. It started off really strong but then I didn‘t think the chapters from Doc or Gordon added anything at all. I love that it shows how effed up the prison system in the US is & the themes of choices, crime etc. but there was a disconnect for me in that I felt barely anything for the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts Interesting review! I have this on my shelf.. it may be There awhile ..... 3y
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts yeah, I‘d say there‘s better books to be reading. Be interested in what you think when you get to it though. 3y
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mdhughes72
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Mehso-so

A whole lot of What, not as much How, and very little Why. I found the premise interesting and was hoping that the story would actually go somewhere. But no. Just bleak vignettes of life in a California women‘s prison. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Naj This book was unbearable. I couldn't even finish it. 3y
tammysue Thanks for your honesty, will def remove from tbr. 👍🏻😊 3y
britt_brooke I liked this one, but you‘re right, very bleak. 3y
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mdhughes72
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‘To work at IHOP, you first go to Walmart or a place like it to get work shoes. Where you see if you didn‘t already know, that most of the adult-size shoes they sell are for working on construction sites, or in hospitals, prisons, restaurants, and schools. And the children‘s shoes are starter versions of the same. Waitress shoes and medical assistant shoes and work boots. Cheap factory knockoffs for people whose choices are to work these crap...‘

mdhughes72 ‘jobs, or crack up and go to a much lower grade of a low grade shoe made by prison industries.‘ 3y
Paula3 Wow 😎 3y
Christine This passage has stuck with me, too! 3y
Suet624 Truth. 3y
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teainthelibrary
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure how to rate this book - I liked it and thought it was interesting. But it took me weeks to finish and thought it dragged a lot. I appreciated the honest depiction of life in prison and the often brutal nature of it. I felt for so many of the characters, I just wish the writing would have allowed me to enjoy their stories more.

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BramBresseleers
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"Sometimes what other people want is wantable, briefly, before dissolving in the face of your own wants."

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BarbaraBB
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For me it‘s so obvious. I have been wondering why The Mars Room was shortlisted in the first place. But I know it‘s just me and judges have their own way of thinking. Be wise today, judge. The House of Broken Angels has it all 💜 #ToB2019

Suet624 I agree. 3y
Zelma the Mars Room was fine but not great. Which of course means it will win today (as my predictions keep being wrong). 😆 3y
Rachel_nyc This one really hurt! The Mars Room was fine but nothing special and provided no insight into the prison system that watching Orange is the New Black didn‘t cover in season 1. Really pulling for MStSK to take it down and win the whole thing. 3y
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merelybookish Wow! Another upset! I'd be happy if either zombie won. And will feel disappointed if either Warlight or Mars Room wins the Rooster! 3y
BarbaraBB @Suet624 @Zelma @Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Ouch, this really hurts. Seeing the Angels lose from the book that (thank you Rachel!) added so little to the first season of Orange is the New Black. My votes are going to both zombies now too! (edited) 3y
Suet624 @Zelma nice work on predicting the winner today. 😂😂 3y
Megabooks Ugh. The Mars Room. So mediocre, so forgettable. 3y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks My thoughts exactly! 3y
Zelma @Suet624 snort. I really need to do a bracket based on what I thought was ok. It would probably do well most years. @BarbaraBB I will be really disappointed if MR takes the tournament. I agree with all of the Orange is the New Black assessments. 3y
BarbaraBB @Zelma @Suet624 And today another bummer. Warlight kicked There There out of the Tournament. Another mwa read in my opinion. 3y
Zelma @BarbaraBB ugh! No! 3y
Zelma @BarbaraBB @Suet624 @merelybookish @Rachel_nyc I‘m now predicting a finale of Warlight vs. The Mars Room, with The Mars Room winning. Meh. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Zelma So bummed about the decisions these last two days. Counting on MStSK more than ever though my expectations are low that it will defy the odds. 3y
BkClubCare @Zelma - I so hope not! I can‘t believe that I might have to say “I haven‘t read the Final books.” No!! 3y
BarbaraBB @Zelma You‘ve been right a lot this ToB, haven‘t you? I so hope this prediction is wrong. It can‘t be The Mars Room in this lovely, unconventional Tournament, please! @BkClubCare @Rachel_nyc (edited) 3y
Zelma @BarbaraBB and I only read 2.5 books this year! Total guesswork in my part. 3y
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youneverarrived
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I‘m going to try and read all of the #womensprize longlist. These are all from the library and have some of the others reserved. Milkman, Circe & My Sister, the Serial Killer I have on kindle.

Read Freshwater & Normal People last year and loved them both ♥️

merelybookish Excellent stack of books. I'd like to read all these too! 3y
Cathythoughts Looking good Katie 👍🏻😍enjoy 3y
Redwritinghood I‘m reading the longlist too. I‘ve read 8 so far, so halfway there! 3y
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Pricel101 Damn girl! 📚👍 Great list and I look forward to your reviews! 3y
youneverarrived @merelybookish I‘ve started with Ordinary People. They all sound good don‘t they! 3y
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you lovely 😘😘 3y
youneverarrived @Redwritinghood I‘ll be interested in seeing which ones are your favourites 👍 3y
Suet624 Freshwater 💕💕💕 3y
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BarbaraBB
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When it comes to originality and authenticity (and I think the ToB2019 does) The Mars Room won‘t stand a chance today against There There. And I definitely hope so!

BkClubCare I am cheering for TT because I just purchased it and decided it must be read (and thus maybe not Mars Room? At least not “soon”) 3y
Redwritinghood This is tough. I liked both of these. 3y
merelybookish I'm all in for There, There! 3y
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Tanisha_A I loved There There! 3y
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @Redwritinghood @merelybookish @Tanisha_A I didn‘t appreciate the judge today. I understand why she chose The Mars Room but the reasons she gives are to me a bit childish. Maybe i am prejudiced 🤷🏻‍♀️😉. I am glad however that There There made it to the zombie round! (edited) 3y
merelybookish @BarbaraBB The only thing that makes that decision okay is There, There is a zombie. And buh-bye Overstory! 3y
merelybookish All my assumed frontrunners have been knocked out. Is House of Broken Angels the one to beat.nlw? 3y
merelybookish @BarbaraBB now. (sorry sloppy typing) 3y
BarbaraBB Oh I thought it meant something! But i do hope the Angels will take the rooster away. 3y
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BramBresseleers
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner

"A man could say every day that he wanted to change his life, was going to change it, and every day the lament became merely a part of the life he was already living, so that the desire for change was in fact a kind of stasis that allowed the unchanged life to continue, because at least the man knew to disapprove of it, which reassured him not all was lost."

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jouleian
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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⭐⭐ This was a DNF for me. It reminded me too much of an inverse version of OITNB and that more or less bothered me. I get that the author's style is suppose to be cold and detached, but bc of that it makes it hard to believe that she genuinely loves her son. This one wasn't for me.