Review: Notes to Self by Emily Pine

Title: Notes to Self

Author: Emily Pine

Pages: 183 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

‘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.

The Review

Emily Pine’s collection of essays Notes to Self is candid, raw and full of emotions. Within this small collection she talks about many subjects but the ones that stick out are her desperation for a baby and the ones about dealing with her father’s battle with alcoholism.

You cannot help but ache along with Pine and hope that everything works out for her. Whilst the topics are very sad and – at times – heartbreaking there is an overall sense of optimism that you have once you have turned the final page.

Notes to Self is a very good but difficult read.

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