Alum Zulema Renee Summerfield's Debut Novel Focuses on Girl's Fractured Family

Thursday, July 26, 2018

PRESS ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE) -- For her debut novel, author Zulema Renee Summerfield found inspiration in her own childhood in Redlands.

The book, Every Other Weekend, recently published by Little, Brown and Company, deals with a family going through divorce and is grounded in Summerfield’s experiences.

“The book is a fictionalized version of what happened to me and mirrors my life closely,” said Summerfield, a 1997 graduate of Redlands High School. “It’s about how families fracture and reform and create new families.”

Growing up in town, she attended Sacred Heart Academy, Moore Junior High School and Redlands High School. After taking classes at Crafton Hills College and Cal State San Bernardino, she studied in Spain and finished up her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.