Caren Beilin’s The University of Pennsylvania reviewed at Full Stop

One of the most fascinating traits of Beilin’s prose is the way that words tumble into each other, dissolving their distinctions into portmanteaus: “‘Just drive,’ Olivia told her mother, and Mrs Knox — who was usually too frail, sick, and tired, to drive, or love — drove.” Elsewhere repetition and assonance causes clotting: “Beth kneels, devout to it, devout to kneeling, but needing reasons.” Descriptions of female anatomy in particular are characterised by a constant drift towards the figurative: Olivia’s hand is “a small splayed bouquet of bones”; a breast is “the weight of bread forgetting itself”; the clitoris is “a rooster’s drip of throat,” “a rodent’s red liver,” “the flower of guts,” “the bedraggled lung of something waterous, a barracuda’s ripped reason for breathing, hanging in the open, with rancid coral hueing.” Like Antigone as a child, rolling around in a park, flashing her underwear, The University of Pennsylvania seems to speak “in a language parallel to language.” Read the rest at Full...

Front Porch reviews The University of Pennsylvania

Rachel Gray reviews Caren Beilin’s The University of Pennsylvania at Front Porch: Beilin creates a mixture of striking and strange imagery. In the The University of Pennsylvania, kidding is “unsexual, sisternal,” the sunset has “ripe red horns,” cum is a serum all the way from London, and the children of doctors sniff cocaine—or perhaps gelatin. Never before had I considered the similarity between violet and violent, but this book asks its readers to ponder the relationship between the two. Read the rest at Front...

2013 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction

Congratulations to Caren Beilin, whose manuscript, The University of Pennsylvania, is the winner of the 2013 Noemi Book Award for Fiction. We will also be publishing Her 37th Year, an Index by Suzanne Scanlon. Finalists for the 2013 Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction: MOVIEOLA! by John Domini Rats That Will Eat You by Adam Kaplan Cockpuncher by Zach Powers The University of Pennsylvania by Caren Beilin Doom Town and Other Stories by Wendell Mayo Her 37th Year, an Index by Suzanne Scanlon Out of Which Came Nothing by Laurie Blauner The Devil and the Dairy Princess by Pedro Ponce Liner Notes by James Brubaker In No Strange Land by Joe Milazzo...