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."

Find Rachel at Sydney Writers' Festival