This compelling memoir crystallises the human experience and gives words to the feelings you never knew you had. Fusing vulnerability with strength, Pine’s writing exhausts what it is to endure womanhood and what it is to embrace its magic through her essays on infertility, periods, menopause and sexual violence.
The medics’ obfuscation around her miscarriage and the oddity of being the child of separated parents in a country without divorce are particularly Irish experiences, but what is most striking about the collection as a whole is its universality. These are not new stories, but they still urgently need to be told. Pine does so with an honesty and vigour that are always uplifting, despite her painful material.