Joanna Smith Rakoff: A Fortunate Age
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I'm afraid I don't have one.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. I'm sort of terrified by the idea eating just one food for the rest of my life.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Like. Quite. Maybe. Perhaps.
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.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. This is too difficult. I love the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, in Sense and Sensibility, and Gwendolen Harleth from Daniel Deronda. Irene Heron from The Forsyte Saga. And, of course, Jane Eyre.