NOTES TO SELF
Emilie Pine tramp press
In her short collection of essays, Emilie Pine reflects upon the most challenging moments in her life. She confronts the impact of sexual assault, alcoholism, and suffering a miscarriage.
In one piece, she reflects upon her wild teenage years – detailing nights spent bingedrinking and partying, her education suffering as she disappeared from home for weeks on end.
She also focuses on the ‘crime’ of bleeding and having body hair. Pine delivers a passionate and raw account of overcoming the shame she had internalised growing up. Her honesty is at times shocking, to the extent that she seems essentially vulnerable – yet never lacking agency.
Her writing is strong, powerful, enchanting, and above all human.