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Beautiful and violent, spare and ominous, this wholly original novel explodes mythologies of Southern femininity.Interweaving visceral, atmospheric prose with historic photographs, images, and texts, The Pink Institution is a testament to the legacy that war, violence, abuse, and poverty have wrought upon the Deep South. It is also a multigenerational family saga that captures the rich beauty and passionate despair of the land and its inhabitants.

As we follow four generations of Mississippi women from their run-down, post-Civil War plantations to their modern-day trailer parks, the impoverished decay of the Deep South expresses itself through their bloodlines and a new impression of Southern history and heritage emerges.

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Beautiful and violent, spare and ominous, this wholly original novel explodes mythologies of southern femininity.

Synopsis:

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 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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Selah Saterstrom earned her Masters of Theology and Literature from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. Her work has appeared in 3rd Bed, Pitkin Review, and in the Seattle Research Institute's anthology, Experimental Theology. She is also the editor of Soul Collections, an anthology of prose and poetry written by at-risk teenagers. Born in Mississippi in 1974, she now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she teaches at Warren Wilson College. This is her first novel.

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dutchessabroad, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by dutchessabroad)
This slender volume is an eye opener. What on earth is she doing? I wondered eyeing the white space, the omitted texts. And then I got it. If our personal memory is fragmented already, the past for sure is. History is fragmented, blank spots may appear when looking back. Selah Saterstrom knows how to glance in the mirror sideways to catch the moments of truth that propel the story of four generations of women forward. The cover tells you the book is a novel, and novel it is, with it's combination of poetry prose poetry and prose, and thoughtful illustrations this small book is a gem of experimental writing.

PS Mayor Powell's, I made a mistake with moniker of earlier entry and would like to add this comment to my dutchessabroad list. Thank you.
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Judith van Praag, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by Judith van Praag)
This slender volume is an eye opener. What on earth is she doing? I wondered eyeing the white space, the omitted texts. And then I got it. If our personal memory is fragmented already, the past for sure is. History is fragmented, blank spots appear when looking back. Selah Saterstrom knows how to glance in the mirror sideways to catch the moments of truth that propel the story of four generations of women forward. The cover tells you the book is a novel, and novel it is, with it's combination of poetry prose poetry and prose, and thoughtful illustrations this small book is a gem of experimental writing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781566891554
Author:
Saterstrom, Selah
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Location:
Minneapolis, MN
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mississippi
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 78
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 Duotone photographs
Pages:
140
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

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Beautiful and violent, spare and ominous, this wholly original novel explodes mythologies of southern femininity.
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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 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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