Elise D'Haene's Maria lets us tag along on an insightful, hilarious, profound journey through coming of age and loss: loss of innocence, loss of idealism, loss of the perfect woman; and leads us, ultimately, into wholeness. One doesn't have to be a lesbian to identify with Maria - we have all had our "Cup" who-never-runneth-over. Like most of us, Maria participates in life as a respondent, never quite setting the agenda, but rather trying to manage and cope with every wild twist that is thrown her way. Although we don't exactly feel dispair at Maria's plight, we certianly squirm at the familiarity of her situation. And we laugh - because the best part of Licking Our Wounds is Elise D'Haene's exceptional wit. Clearly, D'Haene is a born wordsmith who is entertaining herself at the same time she is entertaining us. This is one helluva good, compelling read. Plan on finishing it in one sitting - then plan on having it linger long after it is read.