Jaap Robben

summer-brother
2018
De Geus
Over 45.000 copies sold!
Awards & nominations
Priznanje Zlata Hruska 2022 (SLO)
The Vondel Prize 2022 (UK)
Longlist International Booker Prize 2021 (UK)
Longlist Libris Literature Prize 2019 (NL)
Shortlist YA Literature Award 2019 (NL)
Shortlist Confituur Booksellers Award 2019 (BE)
DWDD Book of the Month September 2018 (NL)
Translations
Albanian - Ombra GVG (2022)
Arabic - Al-Arabi (2022)
Bulgarian - ICU Publishing - Maria Encheva (2022)
English - World Editions - David Doherty (2021)
Korean - Munji Publishing (2025)
Russian - Mann, Ivanov & Ferber - Ekaterina Tereshko (2022)
Slovenian - Mladinska Knjiga - Stana Anzelj (2021)
Czech - Vysehrad - Veronika ter Harmsel Havlíková (2021)
Turkish - Kafka Kitap (2024)
Adaptations
Film adaptation: Zomervacht (Family Affair, 2023)
Audiobook: Read by Lykele Muus (Dutch)

Summer Brother (Zomervacht)

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?

"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
"Summer brother is an impressive novel: a deceptively simple story of lives at the margin, with a child’s viewpoint perfectly pitched and sustained, it is cleanly written and powerfully imagined. It reminded me of Clare Keegan’s novella FOSTER, which has a girl narrator of a similar age, and is an outstanding book. But the challenges are greater here, as Robben deals with all kinds of inflammable material, and does it with such tact and understanding."
Hilary Mantel
"Robben depicts the limitations of a dysfunctional family but also celebrates empathy as a force for good."
The Guardian
“A warm, complex and luminous novel on these profound moments of ambiguity, and on the small, crucial acts of love."
The Irish Times
"I just adored the novel Summer Brother. Bravo, bravo is what I have to say. It kind of saved me in a way."
Elisabeth Strout
‘A deeply humane novel centered 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 humanizes lives of abject poverty on the edge of squalor and disaster.’
Jury International Bookerprize 2021

Contact

Jaap wordt vertegenwoordigd door zijn manager Michaël Roumen. Voor optredens en andere zakelijke verzoeken kunt u een bericht sturen naar: michael@michaelroumen.com 
Postbus 92
2501 CB Den Haag 

 
Voor persverzoeken rondom Schemerleven kunt u contact opnemen met Charlotte van Arnhem:
c.van.arnhem@singeluitgeverijen.nl
 

Contact

Jaap Robben is represented by Michaël Roumen. For inquiries and requests, please send an email to: michael@michaelroumen.com 
P.O. Box 92
2501 CB The Hague
The Netherlands 

 
For press requests concerning Afterlight (Schemerleven) novel you can contact Charlotte van Arnhem:
c.van.arnhem@singeluitgeverijen.nl