The Pink Institution

  • Title: The Pink Institution
  • Author: Selah Saterstrom
  • ISBN: 9781566891554
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Pink Institution Interweaving visceral atmospheric prose with historical photographs images and texts The Pink Institution traces four generations of Mississippi women from their run down post Civil War plantation
    Interweaving visceral, atmospheric prose with historical photographs, images and texts, The Pink Institution traces four generations of Mississippi women from their run down, post Civil War plantations to the modern day trailer parks that house the youngest generations As the impoverished decay of the Deep South expresses itself through their bloodlines, a new impressionInterweaving visceral, atmospheric prose with historical photographs, images and texts, The Pink Institution traces four generations of Mississippi women from their run down, post Civil War plantations to the modern day trailer parks that house the youngest generations As the impoverished decay of the Deep South expresses itself through their bloodlines, a new impression of Southern history and heritage emerges The lyrical gravity and singular style of this unforgettable debut novel will transform the reader in its wake.Selah Saterstrom s writing has appeared in 3rd Bed and Pitkin Review She is the editor of Soul Collections, a collection of prose and poetry written by at risk teenagers in North Carolina Born in Mississippi in 1974, she now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she teaches at Warren Wilson College.

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    About Selah Saterstrom


    1. Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution, all published by Coffee House Press In 2016 Essay Press will publish a collection of her essays on Divinatory Poetics She is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.


    709 Comments


    1. I want to read this forever.

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    2. I don’t know how I let this sit on my desk for a few months. Yes, I am overwhelmed with a hunger for books, buying bookshelves to clear out the endless stacks that surround me. I heard about Saterstrom from GoodReads. That review had me buying it immediately. I have a problem in this arena of jumping in and ordering, but have to say I am rarely steered in the wrong direction. I wasn’t roped in from the start when I got a copy and opened it. After picking it up a few more times and moving fur [...]

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    3. i loved this - crossgenre southern gothic novel/memoirish/poetry/prose/everything. the form shifts as time advances. fascinating and beautifully done. creepy and horrifying often, and emotionally blank in parts. there is an extended section on a Transformers pencil eraser that is terrific. i'd quote it but i'm in bed and don't want to move to get the book even though it's on the ground right next to me. excited to read Saterstrom's other book The Meat and Spirit Plan.

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    4. I just really, really loved this book. I'm a sucker for fucked up Southern familes for one, but also, Selah S. just writes the most beautiful, cracked and violent poetry-prose. Recommended for those who like Anne Carson but with a side of bloody mary and a smack in the jaw from your Uncle Beau.

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    5. This incredible book was given to me by an incredible man. It was an experience that was at the same time cleansing and poisoning. I can't recommend this book enough

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    6. I have no idea what I just read.

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    7. Short and intense. The way it was structured, was confusing at times though.

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    8. Impressions of HorrorSaterstrom, Selah (2004). The Pink Institution. St. Paul, MN: Coffee House Press.This experimental novel is a story of four generations of Mississippi females, stretching from around 1940 to the early 2000’s, although “story” is too strong a term for what is presented, a set of impressions, poems, quotations and old photographs that imply lives of ignorance, filth, decay, brutality, alcohol, sickness and death. The girls are born into poverty, live in rot, are uneducat [...]

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    9. It's been a while since I read this book, but since I'm currently reading Saterstrom's latest offering - The Meat and Spirit Plan - I wanted to give The Pink Institution a big thumbs-up. This book was a surprising find when I first read it and all the pieces I've read from Saterstrom since then (particularly in Sleeping Fish) have maintained the same high level of originality. Well worth your time.

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    10. This short novel felt far too contrived, deliberate, and strange, to the point where there was no way I could identify with any of the characters, and I have no doubt in my mind that that's precisely what Saterstrom was trying to do. While I appreciated her brazen layout decisions, emphasizing the importance of the way the text is organized, including small pictures and odd graphics, it didn't work for me.

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    11. (experimental) NovellaA composite of poetic prose and first person renderings that show a family's history and present. Sort of a shorthand Faulkner look at southern families and lineage. It was often troublesome both in subject and style, but a compelling read.

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    12. I loved the end parts of this book which were in first person narrative, but most of the beginning and middle in third person were just too jumbled for me to care about the characters at allting cross-genre text, though

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    13. A visceral blend of poetry and prose, 1st and 3rd person, that loosely follows four generations of women's lives in the brutal, poverty-stricken post-Civil War South to the present day. Stark, beautiful, disturbing, and unique

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    14. If you like highly fragmented lyric fiction, check this out. If you don't, stay away. I love the Southernness of this story, the way Saterstrom tracks the generations through the females, the constant pulling together and breaking apart. Innovative.

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    15. Poetic, sort of autobiography. Interesting

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    16. The Pink Institution is a family saga in which trauma/brutality is at a distance. We view pain through a fogged window. The writing is spare, chilling and heartbreaking.

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    17. Short, brutal, affecting.Combination of poetry and prose - language is fierce and lyrical.

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    18. some pearl handles. not as many as i usually like to eat in a sitting.

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    19. Brilliant. Inventive. Disturbed & disturbing. Can't wait to read her next book, The Meat and Spirit Plan. A truly exciting new writer.

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    20. Interesting, I can't say anymore.

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    21. an excellent and bizarre mix of Faulkner,Allison,and surreal poetry abstract portrait of a family through minutia and child-like epiphaniesautiful.

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    22. wow - this is why i read books. ♥

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    23. This, Selah Saterstrom's first book, plays on some of my greatest fears, yet it is masterfully written, innovative, disruptive and new.

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    24. An amazing example of how a writer can provoke so much emotion and thought with so few words! The text is intimidating at first, but just dive in and experience it!

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    25. I really loved this one and "The Meat & Spirit Plan". This one's all about the South, madness, being a girl in a time not particularly girl-friendly. It's beautiful and weird and funny.

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    26. The Pink Institution is an fascinating hybrid text, both experimental and highly readable. She has a gift for pungent, matter-of-fact narration with austere yet vivid detail.

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    27. Love the way this is structured.

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    28. Vitally important in form as well as content. All about innocence and humanity (and how it gets yanked sometimes, and how it doesn't other times.)

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