Alta California Book Club Presents: RACHEL KUSHNER in Conversation with JOHN FREEMAN

The Mars Room cover image and Rachel Kushner author photo

‘The Mars Room’

Rachel Kushner’s novel is the California Book Club’s May 2021 selection.

The Mars Room begins as its main character, an exotic dancer and single mother named Romy Leslie Hall, is transported to a women’s prison in the Central Valley, where she will serve two consecutive life sentences. As for how she got there, this is one of the narratives Kushner’s third novel explores. As a young woman, the San Francisco–bred Romy lived something of a feral existence. Or maybe she lived day to day. In prison, she must confront the fallout of this life, while worrying desperately about the welfare of her son, with whom she wants nothing more than to be reunited.


When: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5 p.m. Pacific time

Format: John Freeman will lead a free hour-long conversation with Kushner, which will include a reading by her and questions from the audience. Produced by Alta for streaming on Zoom.


Event date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Online Webinar - RSVP Required
Pacific Standard Time
San Francisco, CA
The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476756585
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019

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