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Jill Alexander Essbaum
“You leave the analyst's office aware of your singularity and your solitude alike. It's you who lives in the prison of your skin. No one gets the afterglow they want. Everyone dies alone. Analysis is a process. The process is a slow procession. It is a cortège.”
Jill Alexander Essbaum, Hausfrau

Halle Butler
“You can’t ask someone to help you without letting them know you’re different than advertised, that you’ve been thinking and feeling strange things this whole time. That you’re uglier, weaker, more annoying, more basic, less interesting than promised. Without letting on that your feelings are easily hurt, and that you are boring, just like everyone else.”
Halle Butler, The New Me

Jami Attenberg
“What do you do when you already know what your problem is? What if it's not really a problem? It's only a problem if I want a relationship. If I want to fit into a conventional mode of happiness. It's only a problem if I care. And I can't tell if I care.”
Jami Attenberg, All Grown Up

Emma Jane Unsworth
“Where were my allies? My sad captains? Those moonsick girls I drank with over long winters behind the bowling alley, driven there in cars we didn't know. Those times when we were all strangers and everything was so far away but all we needed to do was run towards it. I had not grown much. I had not reached anywhere. I was still running. When I wasn't lying down.”
Emma Jane Unsworth, Animals

Clarice Lispector
“There are truths I haven’t even told God. And not even myself. I am a secret under the lock of seven keys.”
Clarice Lispector, The Complete Stories
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