Reading and Signing of What Doesn’t Kill Us
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
350 West Georgia
Join Rabbit Fool Press for an evening of laughter and tears as local author Brandy Liên Worrall reads from her groundbreaking memoir about cancer and the legacy of the Vietnam War in her mixed race family. Brandy will also share from her work-in-progress, 17 Days, the sequel to What Doesn’t Kill Us. There will be a Q&A and book signing following the reading. Books will be available for sale at $20/copy.
Brandy Lien Worrall is a Vietnamese American daughter of a U.S.Vietnam war veteran and Vietnamese war survivor mother who wrote this memoir about the Vietnam War trauma and aftermath. As a breast cancer veteran, Brandy delves into a link between her parents’ Agent Orange exposure and her own fight against the rare Triple Negative, BRCA-2 positive, Stage III breast cancer. Herself a mother of three children, Brandy examines how the effects of war can touch families for generations.
Set in Canada and the U.S., What Doesn’t Kill Us details the complexities of war, PTSD, isolation, haunting pasts, deeply buried secrets, betrayal, abandonment, and cultural dissonance. While there is undoubtedly a social, political, and psychological gravity to the subject matter, Worrall handles the material with wit and humour that is fresh and life-affirming, leaving readers a lasting impression of the meaning of survival.