17 Oct 2021

Bridget van der Zijpp's novel tackles courage and denial

From Standing Room Only, 2:40 pm on 17 October 2021
Bridget van der Zijpp

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What does it really mean to be courageous?  Bridget van der Zijpp explores this in her new novel I Laugh Me Broken.

Bridget's first novel, Misconduct was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book Prize, and for the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Best First Book of Fiction. 

In I Laugh Me Broken, Ginny the narrator learns of a potential threat to her health soon before her wedding.  She faces a dilemma.  She could get tested to see if she's inherited genes for a life threatening condition.  Instead she takes off to the other side of the world, telling everyone that it's to research her next book.

Bridget van der Zijpp's novel I Laugh Me Broken is published by Victoria University Press.