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Written by Erin Klassen, Illustration by Erin McPhee
This Is Pleasure is not a story that wastes time skittering around honesty. It is barefaced and frank, down to the very title itself, repeating throughout like a proclamation. You’ll wonder how it came to be, knowing that desire — those private, sticky moments of longing we keep to ourselves — are not stories that fall out of our mouths so easily. Rerouting (and, blurring the lines of) our personal narratives through fiction, rather than divorcing one from the other, can mitigate our discomfort. This can be a way of setting boundaries we need for ourselves and those around us, so that with time, when we are ready, the sharing will come with ease.
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Written by Nada Alic,
Illustration by Paige Vickers
A story about being believed.
Written by Melina Mehr,
Illustration by Rozalina Burkova
A story about where you come from.
Written by Kate Barss,
Illustration by Sophia Foster-Dimino
A story about hiding out.