Carl Brush

You Can't Keep Her

Book Launch

May 11

at 5:30 PM.

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Join local writer Carl Brush in a Book Launch and Talk this Friday, May 11 at 5:30pm at the Center.


You Can’t Keep Her is the latest of local author Carl Brush’s five suspenseful historical novels. A sequel to the recently-published Bonita, You Can’t Keep Her helps chronicle the struggles of a young woman to find, then keep, a daughter stolen from her at birth.

From the 1840’s to the 1850’s, from San Francisco to the Sierra to New Orleans, we follow Bonita Kelly from her youth to adulthood and traverse decades of colorful American history along the way. We watch California go from a Spanish Colony to part of an independent country to a full-fledged member of the United States. A fascinating array of historical characters—John Fremont and Mariano Vallejo, among others— joins a varied cast of fictional folks as the spectacle unfolds. Likewise, we participate in such monumental upheavals as the Mexican-American War and the California Gold Rush.

Carl Brush has been writing since he could write, which has been quite a long time now. All his novels, save one, are set in Northern California, near where he grew up, lives and works. The single exception to the geographical pattern is The Yellow Rose, a novel of the 1836 Texas Revolution, which he co-wrote with fellow author Bob Stewart. Bob was a native of San Antonio, and as a Texas-ignorant Californian, Carl felt honored, to be invited to join in the project, but felt doubtful about his worthiness. Once he learned that there really was a historical person called  “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and that she was by legend a key participant in the victory of the “Texicans” over the “Mexicans,” any trepidations about participating vanished like the morning mist. 

If you look hard enough (not too hard, really) you can find Carl in the Rockridge area of Oakland, California, where he resides with his wife, Susanne. Together, they enjoy the blessings of nearby children and grandchildren as well as proximity to Nancy and Tom Lehrkind and the Piedmont Arts Center for the Arts, whom with thank for this opportunity.