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Joanna Smith Rakoff

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.
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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. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm not quite sure. Patience, maybe.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I'm afraid I don't quite think in those terms, so I can't really answer that question. I admire certain things about certain people.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

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

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Like. Quite. Maybe. Perhaps.

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