Buzzworthy novelist visits HS

Author Mikki Brammer read an excerpt from her book, “The Collective Regrets of Clover: A Novel” and discussed the writing process with High School faculty, staff, and students.
By Holly Newsome, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications 

Author Mikki Brammer shared the story behind her debut book, “The Collective Regrets of Clover: A Novel,” with High Schoolers on Monday, September 11 in the Payne Library Room. This special visit was coordinated by English Department Chair Freya Sachs '00 for students interested in authorship. Brammer’s new book is being talked about by publications including The New York Times and being selected by companies like Book of the Month. 

"I loved attending Mikki Brammer’s talk. I really enjoyed hearing about her creative process as she transitioned from journalism to fiction during the pandemic. But the most impactful part to me was her discussion regarding death," said Amelie Soslow ’25. "Not only did she convince me to read her book, but she also shared an incredible story about how she came to terms with death. It made me reconsider the ways in which I think — or do not think — about death. I have always been so focused on the little details — the next assignment, test, grade, or event — that what really matters becomes muddled or distorted. Brammer’s talk reminded me to zoom out sometimes and reflect on what makes life meaningful."

Brammer’s book is a coming-of-age story about a death doula, Clover, who lives in New York City and finds herself needing to balance that responsibility with cultivating a life of her own. Clover’s story has a special place in the heart of Brammer, who explored the topics of death and dying to combat her own fear of the subjects. As she hopes her writing will have a real-world impact on others, she encouraged students to explore their curiosities and passions through writing for audiences.
"Mikki's approach of leaning into things that scare her gave insight into her writing process and inspired me to set an intention for a similar personal challenge," said Math Department Chair Cindy Crenshaw. "Her book looks at difficult life choices and paths with curiosity and wonder. I appreciated her energy, openness, and eagerness to share her ideas." 
After Brammer’s presentation and conversation, USN’s Hassenfeld Library reported its three copies of “The Collective Regrets of Clover: A Novel” were checked out by Tuesday, September 12. More copies are on the way for the USN community to enjoy reading. 

"I loved how she made sure that her book was accessible to those who have anxiety surrounding death," said Nicholas Venable ’24. "She herself faced her fear of death while writing this book, which speaks to the care she put into the process." 

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