Michaela McGuire on why she's looking forward to having Rachel Kushner as part of this year's Festival:
"Rachel’s one of the best writers around at the moment, but don’t take my word for it. George Saunders says, “Kushner is a young master. I honestly don’t know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way.” The Mars Room is a triumph: powerful, heartbreaking and wonderfully, darkly funny. It says so much about loneliness, helplessness, the criminal justice system, female friendship and agency, and is one of my favourite books from 2019."