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

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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 5 favorite songs?

A. Right at the moment, let's see: I Wanna Know Girls, Portastatic; Ghosts, Laura Marling; Stars and Sons, Broken Social Scene; Staring at the Sun, TV on the Radio; Flume, Bon Iver. But this pretty random. I could just as easily list Wilco, Elvis Costello, The Smiths, Elliott Smith, and dozens more.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My novel, A Fortunate Age. But I'm also quite pleased with a few poems I've written over the years. (And, well, do children qualify as an achievement? I have two beautiful ones.)

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I really hate the unnecessary use of quotation marks. As in, menus that offer "roast" chicken. Why, why?

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