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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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. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

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. What’s your best quality?

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

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.

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