Jennifer Lang, Places We Left Behind (Vine Leaves Press)

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Jennifer Lang has two unconventional books forthcoming with strong visual components, both published by Vine Leaves Press, including Places We Left Behind: A Memoir-in-Miniature (September, 2023) and Landed: A Yogi’s Memoir in Pieces & Poses (October, 2024). Jennifer’s prose poem “Sounds Like” originally appeared in The Gravity of the Thing‘s Summer 2020 issue.

About Places We Left Behind:

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.