Crack, micro-chapbook, Ghost City Press, 2022
In Crack, Jennifer Lang wrestles with her family’s recent relocation to Israel. Comprised of nine shorts, this experimental micro-chapbook weaves between poetry & prose, the ordinary & the extraordinary. Order the digital book here; all donations go directly to the author, who will donate half of the proceeds to Tuesday’s Children for families who have been forever changed by terrorism, military conflict or mass violence.
Places We Left Behind: a memoir-in-miniature, Vine Leaves Press, 2023
When American-born Jennifer falls in love with French-born Philippe during the First Intifada in Israel, she understands their relationship isn’t perfect. Both 23, both Jewish, they lead very different lives: she’s a secular tourist, he’s an observant immigrant. Despite their opposing outlooks on two fundamental issues—country and religion—they are determined to make it work. For the next 20 years, they root and uproot their growing family, each longing for a singular place to call home.
In Places We Left Behind, Jennifer puts her marriage under a microscope, examining commitment and compromise, faith and family while moving between prose and poetry, playing with language and form, daring the reader to read between the lines.
Praise for Places:
“Love is unpredictable, as is language and the forms our stories take on the page. In her memoir-in-miniature, Places We Left Behind, Jennifer Lang offers readers a compelling tale of unexpected commitment alongside unconventional nonfiction exploration.”
~ Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire
“Humor and being real gets me every time. Thank you Jennifer for hitting the funny bone with so much wisdom on love.”
~ Rodney Yee, international yoga teacher, author, and co-creator of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy
“Lang examines the intricacies of marriage and compromise with poetic grace and raw honesty. For anyone who has ever loved deeply and been willing to take risks for the sake of love.”
~ Rachel Barenbaum author of Atomic Anna
Landed: a yogi’s memoir in pieces & poses, Vine Leaves Press, 2024
American-born Jennifer Lang traces her seven-year journey—both on and off the yoga mat—reckoning with her adopted country, inherited religion, midlife hormones, and imminent empty nest. During the first five years, she’s emotionally volatile, besieged by missiles, sirens, and stabbings. She resents how their daily lives are dominated by the Jewish calendar, how their household is controlled by her husband’s Sabbath-observant practices. Year six, she crumbles. Her eldest moves to California. Her younger two contemplate studying abroad. Should she stay or go? As she distances herself from her spouse’s Modern-Orthodox lifestyle and as she teaches yoga, Jennifer reconnects with the woman she once was. Then, year seven, she understands the words her yoga teachers had been offering for the past two decades: root down into the ground, stay true to yourself. Finally, after decades of moving across coasts, countries, and continents, she understands home is more about who you are than where you live.
Praise for Landed:
“He got religion. She got yoga. He got the homeland. She got her MFA. We no longer live in a world with clear direction. What does it mean to maintain a marriage, a family, fidelity to differing nationalities, differing ideologies? Against the backdrop of Middle East conflict, Jennifer explores these questions. Questions basic to relationships, but written within the bigger picture of her life as an American woman in the State of Israel, “a paltry piece of land” where dualities abound and bifurcation is a daily part of life. “We are more than war here,” she writes beautifully. Both in marriage and geography, Jennifer’s memoir-in-mini chapters shines a light on the human struggle for relationships, personal and political.”
~Nina Gaby, editor of Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women