Notes to Self (Paperback)Emilie Pine (author)
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A word-of-mouth hit with our booksellers, Emilie Pine’s astonishing debut collection, Notes to Self, brings together six essays reflecting on vital aspects of life as woman today, drawn from her own - intensely personal - experiences. From memories of her father’s alcoholism, to her harrowing and redemptive journey through infertility, Pine pursues writing, thinking and feeling beyond and in spite of being afraid. By turns defiant, poignant, probing and urgent, it is a rare pleasure to find writing so raw, honest and heart-puncturingly good. Unmissable.
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'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 to the business of living as a woman in the 21st century - its extraordinary pain and its extraordinary joy. Courageous, humane and uncompromising, she writes with radical honesty on birth and death, on the grief of infertility, on caring for her alcoholic father, on taboos around female bodies and female pain, on sexual violence and violence against the self. Devastatingly poignant and profoundly wise - and joyful against the odds - Notes to Self offers a portrait not just of its author but of a whole generation.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 161 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
'An astonishingly fine book.' - Dublin Review of Books
'Light on its feet and goes in deep.' - Deborah Levy
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