“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 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
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.
I try to rise up each time the pits of Trump fears and anger draw me down
“An important affirmation of a white woman’s love of her Black sons. Jane Lazarre, warrior mom, has crossed over.” – Alice Walker
In the last years before her death, Zilla’s mother had become a hoarder.
"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...
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...
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.
“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.
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.
Jane Lazarre is an award-winning writer of fiction, memoir and personal essay.