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Ripiro Beach

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Winner of the New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Best Non-fiction Book 2020.

Does DNA write our destinies? Or do the hands that nurture triumph over nature? What is it that determines who we really are? Caroline Barron’s father never found his birth mother. After he dies suddenly on her twentieth birthday, Caroline develops an insidious fear of her own untimely death. When she nearly bleeds out on an operating table during childbirth, it almost seems her greatest fear is justified.

Emerging from the experience a changed woman, Caroline spends the next six years poring over her family history in an attempt to make sense of her inexplicable rage. The family secrets she unearths threaten to destabilise her identity and carefully built life, eventually leading her to Northland’s rugged Ripiro Beach, where past and present dramatically collide. Ripiro Beach is a beautifully written, relentlessly honest memoir about one woman’s determination to gather the threads of a life that has come undone.

Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life after Near Death

by Caroline Barron

Bateman Books

ISBN: 9781988538204 

Published: June 2020

Format: Paperback, 280 pages

Caroline Barron

Caroline Barron (MCW 2015) is the author of Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death (Bateman, 2020) and the novel Golden Days (Affirm/Hachette, 2023).