The Girl with Nine Wigs

Sophie van der Stap

pages September 2006 Original publisher: Original Publisher: PrometheusMemoir

A bestseller in Holland and Germany

The Girl with Nine Wigs is the astonishing record of a year in the life of an extraordinary woman. As illness threatens her life she lives life to the full and when she most fears death she learns to seize the day. — De Telegraaf

“It’s Saturday and everything is different. No, I didn’t go to the market this morning and I didn’t have my usual coffee on Westerstraat. And no, I wasn’t getting ready for a new semester at college. Next Monday, January 31st, I have to admit myself at the hospital for my first chemotherapy session. For the next two months, I’m expected each week for a fresh shot of vincristine, etoposide, ifosfamide and loads more exciting abracadabra.”
Sophie is twenty-one when she is diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. A striking, fun-loving student, her world is reduced overnight to the sterile confines of a hospital. But within these walls Sophie discovers a whole new world of white coats, gossiping nurses, and sexy doctors; of shared rooms, hair loss, and eyebrow pencils.
As wigs become a crucial part of Sophie’s new life, she reclaims a sense of self-expression. Each of Sophie’s nine wigs makes her feel stronger and gives her a distinct personality, and that is why each has its own name: Stella, Sue, Daisy, Blondie, Platina, Uma, Pam, Lydia, and Bebé. There’s a bit of Sophie in all of them, and they reveal as much as they hide. Sophie is determined to be much more than a cancer patient.
With refreshing candor and a keen eye for the absurd, Sophie van der Stap’s The Girl With Nine Wigs makes you smile when you least expect it.