About Jennifer Zobair
Jennifer is a graduate of Smith College and Georgetown Law School. She has practiced corporate and immigration law and, as a convert to Islam, has been a strong advocate for Muslim women’s rights. Painted Hands, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2013, is her first novel. Her essays have been published in The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Lascaux Review, and on websites like Love InshAllah and Feminism and Religion.
Jennifer is also the founder of the website story and chai — a creative space for readers and writers of Muslim and culturally diverse narratives. Her favorite fiction tends to be multicultural, and you can find a suggested reading list here. Her favorite food is vegan Indian cuisine, and she is always on the lookout for new recipes.
Jennifer is married to a fellow lawyer who happens to be Pakistani American. This means that she can pull off a gharara without tripping on the hem, and knows that the dry cleaner is lying when he says he can get that big blob of henna out of your favorite white pants. After eight years in Boston, Jennifer has recently relocated to the Washington, DC area where she lives with her husband and three children. She is currently at work on her second novel about family secrets, seemingly-conditional love, and, ideally, the incredible, redemptive power of being welcomed home.