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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.

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