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Pop-up: Zulema Renee Summerfield

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Zulema Renee Summerfield pops-up with her debut novel, Every Other Weekend.

Summerfield is paired with FamilyTreePiles by Nan Curtis; found in the Northwest Art on the 4th floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


The year is 1988, and America is full of broken homes. Every Other Weekend drops us into the sun-scorched suburbs of southern California, amid Bret Michaels mania and Cold War hysteria, with Nenny, a wildly precocious, nervous nelly of an eight-year-old, as our guide to the newly rearranged life she finds herself leading after her parents split. 

Nenny and her mother and two brothers have just moved in with her new stepfather and his two kids. Her old life replaced by this new configuration, Nenny’s natural anxieties intensify, and both real and imagined dangers entwine: earthquakes and home invasions, ghosts of her stepfather’s days in Vietnam, Gorbachev knocking down the door of her third grade class and recruiting them all into the Red Army. Knock-kneed and a little stormy-eyed, she is far too small for the thoughts that haunt her, yet her fears are not entirely unfounded. Indeed, tragedy does come, but it comes at her sideways, in a way she never had imagined.

Zulema Renee Summerfield

Zulema Renee Summerfield is a writer, educator, and creative coach. Her first novel, Every Other Weekend, was published by Little, Brown in the spring of 2018. She is also the author of Everything Faces All Ways at Once, a book of flash fiction and dreams available from Fourteen Hills Press. Her short fiction has been published in a number of literary journals, including Guernicaand The Threepenny Review. A MacDowell colony fellow, Zulema lives in Portland, Oregon.

Visit her online at zulemasummerfield.net.

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