"Saterstrom writes with a poet's economy and eye for visceral detail, collapsing into a mere 140 pages a four-generation history of a Southern family bedeviled by alcoholism, poverty, racism, violence, and mental illness. Her spareness is a mercy. The story she tells is brutal, almost impossible to take; at the same time, her exquisite, cut-to-the-quick language makes this book impossible to put down." The Huffington Post, "11 Underappreciated Literary Masterpieces"
Beautiful and violent, spare and ominous, this wholly original novel explodes mythologies of southern femininity.
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Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution, all published by Coffee House Press. Widely published and anthologized, she also curates Madame Harriette Presents, an occasional series. She teaches and lectures across the United States and is the director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
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This book is very different from any fiction or nonfiction book I've ever read. 'The Pink Institution' is painful, strange, and beautiful. It is a quick read, but not an easy one. If you are looking for a nice, neat story where all is plainly spelled out, look elsewhere. 'The Pink Institution' is not that story. I recognize in this book the landscape of my home state, the legacy of all families, and even the ceiling of that vw. Everything, even the spaces between the lines and the chosen typefaces, is the deliberate work of the author. It is well-thought-out and purposely spare. Read this more than once and you still won't pick up on everything.