Reviews

  • "It is an unforgettable novel, and leaves the reader in no doubt that Kushner is one of America’s greatest living authors."

    Daily Telegraph
  • "One of the greatest novels I have read in years. Her prior novel, The Flamethrowers, was expansive and thrilling, but this is richer and deeper, more ambitious in its moral vision… an exhilarating, always surprising read."

    Irish Times
  • "When I finished reading The Mars Room, I immediately reread it because I didn’t want to leave its worldThe Mars Room teems with quick and distinctive voices."

    Max Liu, Financial Times
  • "Cements [Kushner's] status as one of America's finest writers."

    Vogue, **Must-Read Books of 2018**
  • "I’ve been bowled over by Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room [about life in a women’s prison]. It’s astounding – very difficult to read but so beautifully done, and with such knowledge, although it doesn’t feel like a “researched” book."

    Anne Tyler, Observer
  • "If you haven’t heard of Rachel Kushner yet, you soon will. The American novelist has earned comparisons to Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Franzen… [The Mars Room] makes for a compelling read. Imagine a darker version of "Orange Is The New Black"."

    Sunday Times Style
  • "[A] grainy and persuasive novel... This is a brooding book, one that dwells on Dostoyevskian notions of innocence and evil. It moves like a muscle car, oozing down the side roads of your mind."

    Dwight Garner, New York Times **Critics' Top Books of 2018**
  • "Kushner, a two-time National Book Award finalist, slowly and deliciously unfolds the tapestry of Romy’s backstory – infusing mystery and humor in unlikely places – while interrogating the harsh realities of the U.S. prison system."

    Lucy Feldman, Time Magazine **The Best of Culture 2018**
  • "Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room shows what happens when a smart writer gets truly serious. It is a necessary and compelling book, and this year’s must read."

    Anne Enright
  • "It's her best book yet, another big step forward. "

    Jonathan Franzen