In M.S. Harkness' second graphic novel, she weaves in and out of non-relationships, drug dealing, and sex work with the subtlety of a blunt axe. She's constantly searching for care and fulfillment, but never quite gets it right. Desperate Pleasures is a fearless autobiographical account that contextualizes the inter-relational difficulties of a young woman with years of trauma and abuse. Uncomfortably close-up, filled with dark humor, this is an unrelenting read and M.S. Harkness' best work to date.