The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom

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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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Selah Saterstrom is the author of The Pink Institution, a debut novel praised across the country for "letting gusts of fresh, tart air blow into the old halls of Southern Gothic" (Believer). A Mississippi native, she is currently on the faculty of the University of Denver's Creative Writing Program.
Published April 1, 2004 by Coffee House Press. 140 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brutal but also deeply lyrical, Saterstrom's beautiful novel paints a portrait of a family wracked by its own dysfunction and held fast by a place that has never fully recovered since the day the Civil War began—the day known, as the book tellingly reminds us, as "Ruination Day."

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