Jennifer Zobair is the creator of story and chai. She is also the author of the debut novel, Painted Hands, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2013 and the co-editor of Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (White Cloud Press, August, 2015). She is represented by Kent D. Wolf of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Lascaux Review, and on websites like Love InshAllah and Feminism and Religion.
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. She 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. Jennifer is currently at work on her second novel. She lives with her husband and three children outside of Washington, DC.
About Painted Hands
Zainab Mir is a beautiful, sharp-tongued campaign strategist with a penchant for stirring up controversy. Her best friend, Amra Abbas, is a seemingly-unflappable attorney on a grueling partnership track. Can these ambitious Muslim women juggle two cultures, high-powered careers, and unexpected men—including a right-wing talk radio host—to have it all?
“A positive portrait of modern Muslim women…written with affection and detail.”
-Roopa Farooki, Orange Prize finalist and author of The Flying Man