SUMMER BRENNER at Books Inc. Berkeley

Author image of Summer Brenner and cover photo of her book Dust

Books Inc. Berkeley proudly welcomes local author Summer Brenner to the shop for a reading and discussion of her memoir Dust!

In this Boomer memoir, Driving Miss Daisy meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

With lilting eloquence, Summer Brenner captures the tumultuous fifties and sixties of a genteel Jewish family in Atlanta, with the South's oppressive segregation and anti-Semitism. The family drama is fraught: the brother is a schizophrenic, the mother a Gucci-clad Medusa, and the father a suicide. After extensive travels, Brenner frees herself in the Bay Area to become "more beatnik than debutante." Framed by historic events, this is the moving coming-of-age story of a generation.


Summer Brenner was raised in Georgia and migrated east first to New England and Europe, and then west to New Mexico and eventually Berkeley where she has been a long-time resident. She has published a dozen works of fiction, poetry, and novels for youth. Her papers are available in Special Collections at the University of Delaware.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
Dust By Summer Brenner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781959556466
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Published: Spuyten Duyvil - February 15th, 2024