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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.

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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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Soames Forsyte, from The Forsyte Saga. His villainy springs from his being so purely a product of his era and class. Poor Soames.

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. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm afraid I have a pretty bad temper. I don't get anrgy all that often, but when I do -- agh.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

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

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