'I am afraid of being the disruptive woman. And of not being disruptive enough. I am afraid. But I am doing it anyway.'
In this dazzling debut, Emilie Pine speaks powerfully from her painful personal experience - on the emotional labour of caring for her alcoholic father, on the unspeakable grief of miscarriage and infertility, on the social taboos around menstrual blood and female pain, on the ways young women use their own bodies as a weapon against themselves. Courageous, humane and uncompromising, devastatingly poignant and yet never self-pitying, these pieces investigate and challenge society's assumptions around pain, strength, resilience and identity, ultimately embracing joy and hope in the business of living.
Emilie Pine is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely as an academic and critic. Notes to Self is her first collection of personal essays.
A brilliant collection. David Nicholls A truly brilliant writer... A great book Evening Standard This compelling memoir crystallises the human experience and gives words to the feelings you never knew you had. Sunday Times Style Wry, shocking, winningly frank... What is most striking about the collection is its universality. [These stories] urgently need to be told. Pine does so with an honesty and vigour that are always uplifting Guardian light on its feet and goes in deep Deborah Levy an astonishingly fine book Dublin Review of Books
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