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Jennifer Oko



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Lying Together:

My Russian Affair

(published under maiden name) 



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Head Case


Press & Praise

Lying Together: My Russian Affair

When she's describing the Dostoyevskian decline of her romance, her tale becomes simply riveting. 

"Editor's Choice"

The New York Times Book Review

[a] fascinatingly moving memoir ... an engagingly intimate voice...

 The Boston Globe

 It's a heady cocktail.... a quick, juicy read.

The San Francisco Chronicle


USA Today picks GLOSS as a "hot summer read!"

USA Today

Pick of the Month! GLOSS reminds us of another tongue-in-cheek mystery: Carl Hiaasen's LUCKY YOU.

Marie Claire

 Five Stars. This story is fast paced, riveting and one you just can't put down.

Affaire de Coeur Magazine

Head Case

Dozens of Five Star Reviews on

I just adored this book. The writing style is quick, easy to read, and very friendly, so you feel very close to the main character, even when she's doing things you don't like. The plot is first-rate -- really clever, and done in a fantastic way.

All I can say is that if you don't put ALL YOUR OTHER BOOKS AWAY and read just the FIRST chapter you are NUTS; you will find yourself going and going and I will just say it now --your welcome! This is the most fun I have had reading in a long time. 

C.S White

 Jennifer Elizabeth Hyndman

In The Press


Jennifer’s memoir Lying Together: My Russian Affair (published under her maiden name, Jennifer Beth Cohen) was called “simply riveting” in The New York Times Book Review and twice named an "Editor's Choice." Publisher's Weekly called it "sharp, fast-paced... a fascinating glimpse inside the world of news gathering and contemporary Russia" and The San Francisco Chronicle said it was "a heady cocktail... a quick, juicy read." Her novel Gloss, a satire of morning television news, also received ample praise, with Marie Claire magazine comparing it to Carl Hiaasen’s Lucky You and The Chicago Tribune saying it was “a rare treat.” Gloss was recently optioned by eOne Entertainment to be developed as a possible television series. Her novel Head Case is a comic mystery about psycho-pharmaceutical trafficking, which she swears is not autobiographical in any way.  


In addition to her creative writing, Jennifer has written scores of scripts for television news features and documentaries. She is a co-founder of the boutique video production company Because.Media, producing documentary-style content for outlets ranging from PBS and The New York Times to The MacArthur Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and American University. She has also written a number of articles for print publications including New York Magazine, Self, and Allure.


Jennifer received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two teenagers, a youngish dog, and a very old cat.

jencoko (at) gmail (dot) com

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