Joanna Smith Rakoff

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Joanna Smith Rakoff has written for The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College; an M.A. from University College, London; and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband and son.

Photo Credit: Elena Seibert

Joanna Smith Rakoff

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Joanna Smith Rakoff has written for The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College; an M.A. from University College, London; and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband and son.

Photo Credit: Elena Seibert

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Joanna Smith Rakoff: A Fortunate Age

A dazzling, instantly compelling first novel that tells the universal story of the starting-out years of six college friends living in Brooklyn.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'm afraid I don't have one.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. London, wandering around Bloomsbury or Neal's Yard. With plans to visit friends in Yorkshire the next day.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Mina Loy. Dawn Powell. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sylvia Plath.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Again, my mind doesn't really work that way. I'm happy being myself.

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