Three Works by Jane Lazarre on Race & Whiteness
Labor Journal – Review of The Communist and the Communist’s Daughter
“Jane Lazarre’s memoir about her father is at once an intimate look into a rocky father-daughter relationship and an account of the fascinating life of a leader in the American Communist Party….”
The Forward – Review of The Communist and the Communist’s Daughter
“The Communist and the Communist’s Daughter tells the story of a family, of the struggle between old and new homelands, and of a man trying to balance his idealism with a reality that falls short of it.”
Jeff Fleischer, The Forward
The Communist and the Communist’s Daughter
In a letter to his baby grandson, Bill Lazarre wrote that “unfortunately, despite the attempts by your grandpa and many others to present you with a better world, we were not very successful.” Born in 1902 amid the pogroms in Eastern Europe, Lazarre dedicated his life to working for economic equality, racial justice, workers’ rights to name just a few of his goals.
Where Do They Keep All The White People?
I try to rise up each time the pits of Trump fears and anger draw me down
Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness
“An important affirmation of a white woman’s love of her Black sons. Jane Lazarre, warrior mom, has crossed over.” – Alice Walker
Hoarding: A Story
In the last years before her death, Zilla’s mother had become a hoarder.
Jane Lazarre, On the Problems of Breathing in America
"On Having Trouble Breathing," published in TomDispatch and reprinted in Salon, Mother Jones, The Nation and many other venues on line. This same essay, entitled "Once White in America," is forthcoming in 2916 in the collection Our Black Sons Matter, edited by Georoge...
A Conversation With Jane Lazarre
In the summer of 2009, Lilith excerpted a section of Jane Lazarre’s harrowing novel, Inheritance. The book was recently published and Lilith’s Fiction Editor, Yona Zeldis McDonough, interviewed Lazarre–author of ten books and creator of the undergraduate writing...
Some Place Quite Unknown – A novel by Jane Lazarre
Hamilton Stone Editions announces the publication in January 2009 of Some Place Quite Unknown. In her latest novel, Jane Lazarre explores memory and imagination-the intersection between what we have experienced and what we envisage- through a multi-layered telling of the main character’s lived, interior and literary story.
Hamilton Stone Editions announces the publication of Inheritance, a novel of American race history: of relationships between people of different and mixed race heritages, relationships of love and friendship and profound loyalty, and relationships of deep ignorance, violence and terrible hatred.
Selections from Hamilton Stone Editons’ Book List for 2008: The Horse and the Elephant
“The narrative into which life seems to cast itself surfaces most forcefully in certain kinds of psychoanalysis, and Cardinal proves herself ideal in rendering this ‘deep story’ aspect of her life.” (Toni Morrison, from Playing in the Dark p. v, writing about a story of an emergence from madness, The Words to Say It, by Marie Cardinal) I felt pushed down into the deep story, where I could be my truest self.
A Sort of Perfection – An interview with writer Jane Lazarre
Although Jane Lazarre’s remarkable memoir of her first years of motherhood was published nearly 30 years ago, the resonance — and relevance — of her story has barely faded.
Matters of Race
Jane Lazarre is an award-winning writer of fiction, memoir and personal essay.