Summer Brennan was born to parents living in a houseboat on the San Francisco Bay. She has written for magazines and newspapers throughout the country including New York Magazine, The Paris Review, Scientific American, Longreads and others, and works regularly with the United Nations in New York on issues related to decolonization, disarmament, human rights and the environment. An award-winning investigative journalist and author, she received the 2016 Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, and was a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. The Oyster War was shortlisted for the Orion Book Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Award. As an undergraduate at Bennington College she studied poetry with Mary Oliver. Later she took her master's from the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where her work focused on media, journalism and the Middle East. The Oyster War was her first book. Her second book High Heel, part of the Object Lessons series from Bloomsbury, will be published March 21st 2019. Her third book, The Parisian Sphinx, about 19th century French artist and model Victorine Meurent, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. When not buried in archives in France, she now lives in Brooklyn and New Mexico. Read more about Summer Brennan here.