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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A Fortunate Age

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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 acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I'm not sure if this qualifies as a talent, but I hate that I don't speak any languages other than English. I'd love to learn French and Spanish, then Hebrew, Arabic, and Japanese.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty. Humor. Introspection and intellectual rigor.

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. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I have an overhealthy interest in film, which I blame on my father, who took me to the movies twice a week, starting at about age three. Thus, I've always fantasized about actually making--writing and directing--films. But I'm not quite sure I have the personality necessary to navigate Hollywood.

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