JDubs Review of “The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner

Gritty fiction that reads like real life. Not a sanitized version either. Life’s not fair but we play the cards we’re dealt.

As I read this book, I could not help but think about my niece. She is living an almost most parallel life to the main character in the story. Though she didn’t grow up in San Francisco, she lives there now. She is choosing her life despite all help offered. I admire her bravery. I know what she’s going through is rough. She’s basically an adult orphan. No parents. She’s lost contact with her sibling. It’s really very sad. If you think of what life may have been.

OK back to the book. Heart wrenching stories. Whole different world of a correctional facility. A woman who lost everything but hope through her son. Just know that we go through our lives in alternate universes. The haves and have nots. The fortunate and the unfortunate. There but for the grace of God go I.

I’ve given no spoilers and this is really just a ramble intermixing life that imitates art. It was part of book club and I wouldn’t have likely chose it on my own because I am trying to look for more positive literature. I’m an empath and even in fiction I am deeply affected by this dark realism. It was a hard read … though maybe was a necessary read to know of the world’s evils. I give the book four out of five stars.

As always more to come.

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