Jennifer Anne Moses
Im a writer as well as a painter.
According to Google, I am a multi
genre writerbut its more than a matter of genre.
I internalize different worlds and voices, and eventually it all
bubbles up into my work.
My new book is called Domesticity. It
is my first collection of poetry. (can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes
& Nobles, and the other usual suspects.)
My most recent work of fiction, The
Man Who Loved His Wife, is the result of my deep dive into Yiddish
literature and my love of the Hebrew language. Jews being Jews:
thats what its subject is. As I was writing it, I felt like
I was downloading from the Yiddish greats
Leon Weiseltier says: "Jennifer
Moses has the Malamudian touch, and an uncanny gift for transposing
the Yiddish mixture of mordancy and compassion into lively English
The Jerusalem Post: "Jennifer Anne
Mosess first book of short stories 13 of them is
a wry, unsentimental commentary on modern Jewish American life Her
great skill is in conjuring up from her most fertile imagination
wholly believable human beings, complete with their strengths and
weaknesses, and carving out a slice of their existence for us.
In many of her stories we enter their
lives, walk with them for a certain distance, and depart. Wholly
nonjudgmental, she never provides a moral for her stories, leaving
the reader to draw any, if they exist.
As a writer, Moses inhabits a wide variety
of personalities from a Holocaust survivor to a boy of nine,
from a middle-aged husband to a promiscuous young woman and
each is believable because each has been imagined so fully.
The essence of the Jewish spirit permeates
the stories.Yet there is also a universality in the themes that
Moses explores and the characters she creates. She understands the
human condition, and she presents her people and their circumstances
without judging them. This collection of short stories is certain
to provide a great deal of pleasure to anyone interested in people
and what makes them tick. It is highly recommended."
Lilith Magazine: The stories in
Jennifer Anne Mosess new collection The Man Who Loved His
Wife are by turn funny, sly, poignant, and intelligent. And although
they range widely in tone, setting and character, they share one
common trait: they are all thoroughly and profoundly Jewish.
The Jewish Standard: How do you
grow up in Virginia, not knowing any Jews except your own family,
and find yourself so deeply drawn to Judaism, that when you grow
up. . . .your new book of short stories, The Man Who Loved
His Wife, is as quintessentially Jewish as, say, Philip Roths
work was? Or Bernard Malamuds? Or any of those 20th-century
American Jewish writers whose work makes up the canon we think of
Shelf Media: "Moses is a storyteller
and conversationalist combined. Her collection is theatrical and
bold. She has a way of taking ordinary life events and transforming
them into these peculiar moments that readers will remember long
after theyve closed the book." https://shelfmediagroup.com/review/indie-review-the-man-who-loved-his-wife-by-jennifer-anne-moses/
Washington Jewish Week: Each (story)
is a well-written gem, peopled with strong, strange-verging-on-weird
characters, whose predicaments inexplicably mattered very much to
me. Well, maybe not so inexplicable, for, as I mentioned, Moses
can write. https://www.washingtonjewishweek.com/78709-2/
New Books Network: Moses is reminiscent
of writers like Isaac Bashevis Singer, Cynthia Ozick, Chaim Grade,
and Philip Roth (to name a few) who captured the spirit of humanity
in a specific time and place. https://newbooksnetwork.com/jennifer-anne-moses-the-man-who-loved-his-wife-mayapple-press-2021
Jewish Boston: Jennifer Mosess
engaging collection of short stories is rooted in Jewish culture
and mores and are set across the dynamic Jewish diaspora. Moses
is a gifted writer and a wonderful storyteller . . . . unforgettable.
Readers whose hearts and souls---and
historiessing to distinctly Jewish melodies will recognize
themselves, their families, their anxieties, their histories, and
their fellow Jews in the stories.
My journalistic and opinion pieces have
been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,
The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal Constitution,
The Newark Star Ledger, USA Today, Salon, The Jerusalem Report,
Commentary, Moment, and many other publications. I blog regularly
for The Times of Israel.
Im also a painter in the Outsider
tradition, where I fuse Hebrew prayer with a distinctly Southern
sensibility, born of the many years I lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
with my husband and three children.
I now live in New Jersey with my husband
and our two very bad dogs.
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The cover painting is a depiction of
my grandfathers hat factory, in Baltimore, Maryland. By the
time I was born, it had been shuttered, and the building was torn
down to make way for new construction.