I love this, Shawna! I like how it starts funny …

Comment on A Letter to the Sister I Ate in Utero by Stacia.

I love this, Shawna! I like how it starts funny and ends on a sad note, and how despite “absorbing” this possibly fictional sister in utero, you still kind of had a relationship with her…good stuff. xo

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