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Jennifer Oko



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Head Case



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Lying Together:

My Russian Affair

(published under maiden name) 


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, which twice named it 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 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.  

Her latest novel, Just Emilia, a time-traveling dark comedy about three women who are trapped in an elevator and forced to grapple with an unresolved trauma, will be published in the summer of 2025. 


In addition to her creative writing, Jennifer is a journalist and filmmaker. She is a co-founder of the boutique production company Because.Media, where they develop and create narrative nonfiction video content for outlets ranging from PBS and The New York Times to the MacArthur Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as a number of feature-length documentary films.


Jennifer holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Tufts University and a BFA in Studio Arts from the School of The Museum of Fine Arts. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two teenagers, a youngish dog, and a recently rescued cat.

jencoko (at) gmail (dot) com

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