2018Uitgeverij De GeusISBN: 9789044525014 6e druk
Over 35.000 copies sold in The Netherlands and Belgium.
DWDD Boek van de Maand september 2018
Shortlist Confituur Boekhandelsprijs 2019
Shortlist Jongerenliteratuurprijs 2019
Longlist Libris Literatuurprijs 2019
Longlist 2021 International Booker Prize
Bulgarian (…) ICU Publishing (2022)
English (Summerbrother) World Editions – trans: David Doherty (2021)
Czech (Letní Srst) Albatros – Vysehrad – trans: Veronika ter Harmsel Havlíková (2021)
Russian (…) – Mann, Ivanov & Ferber (2022)
Slovenian (Bratov Kožuh) Mladinska Knjiga – trans: Stana Anzelj (2021)
Turkish (…) Kafka Kitap (2022)
Producer: Family AffairScript: Britt SnelDirector: Joren Molter
Thirteen-year-old Brian lives in a trailer on a forgotten patch of land with his divorced and uncaring father. His older brother Lucien, physically and mentally disabled, has been institutionalized for years. While Lucien’s home is undergoing renovations, he is sent to live with his father and younger brother for the summer. Their detached father leaves Brian to care for Lucien’s special needs. But how do you look after someone when you don’t know what they need? How do you make the right choices when you still have so much to discover?
TVGuest at VPRO Boeken about Summer BrotherDWDD talkshow: Boek van de Maand
RadioRadio 1 with Özcan AkyolRadio 1 about Summer Brother with Jellie BrouwerRadio 4 about Summer Brother with Annemieke Bosman
‘Robben is wonderful at drawing characters with just a few deliberate strokes.’ ‘Like a photographer shooting a portrait, Robben captures his subjects in “Summer Brother” in a focused close-up. It’s intimate, even claustrophobic at times, just as life must be for an isolated boy like Brian, looking with wonder to the lights on the hill.’ The New York Times
‘A deeply humane novel centred on a disabled man, his heroic younger brother and an unreliable, partly criminal father living on an all but derelict site. The book is generous to all its flawed characters, is beautifully written and humanises lives of abject poverty on the edge of squalor and disaster.’ International Booker Prize 2021
‘Humorous and shrewd novel… evocative coming-of-age novel.’ ‘Astute characterisations.’ ‘Robben depicts the limitations of a dysfunctional family but also celebrates empathy as a force for good.’ The Observer – The Guardian
Animated Booktrailer made by Mirjam Debets when Zomervacht was chosen by the DWDD Bookpanel as their Book of the Month.