Jake Lamar is the author of a memoir, six novels, numerous essays, reviews, short stories and a play. He is a recipient of the Lyndhurst Prize (for his first book Bourgeois Blues), a prestigious French National Book Center grant (for his novel Postérité), France's Grand Prix for best foreign thriller (for Nous Avions un Rêve, the French translation of his novel The Last Integrationist), and a Beaumarchais fellowship for his play Brothers in Exile.

Brothers in Exile

Click to listen to the French radio adaptation of Brothers in Exile which first aired on France Culture on September 3rd, 2017.

"Paris, 28 November 1960. Richard Wright, the most celebrated African American author in the world, dies suddenly at the age of 52. A police inquiry begins that very night. Wright's brothers in exile, James Baldwin and Chester Himes, are questioned about the trio's intense friendship and ferocious rivalry."

Brothers in Exile a play by Jake Lamar

On February 25th, 2013 a reading of Jake Lamar's Brothers in Exile was held at the Théâtre du Rond Point in Paris, France.

Brothers in Exile is a play about the complex relationship between Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes in Paris in the 1950s.

William Nadylam read the role of Richard Wright, Cyril Guei was James Baldwin, and Alex Descas was Chester Himes... a reader (for the stage directions) and five additional actors brought Brothers in Exile to the stage for the first time.

Read the full write-up here.

About Jake

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, he graduated from Harvard University and then spent six years writing for Time magazine. In 1993, he went to Paris intending to stay for a year; he now lives there full-time with his wife.