Author Joanna Smith Rakoff Describes Her Most Noticeable Trait
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I'm afraid I don't have one.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Like. Quite. Maybe. Perhaps.
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?
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.