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A Fortunate Age


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A group of young graduates chase their dreams in the rapidly changing Brooklyn of the late 1990s, a compelling, deeply affecting story that captures a generation.

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Joanna Rakoff is a poet and the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir My Salinger Year. She was the recipient of the Goldberg Prize for Fiction and the Elle Readers' Prize. As a journalist and critic, she has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Time Out and O: The Oprah Magazine. The BBC produced a radio documentary following her as she tracked down the writer of her favourite Salinger fan letter. She has degrees from Columbia University, University College London and Oberlin College. Joanna Rakoff lives in Cambridge, MA. @jrakoff


A wonderful, funny and spot-on portrait of my clumsy generation that brings to mind such hallmarks as Mary McCarthy's The Group, Jay McInerney's Brightness Falls, and Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children -- Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
An epic novel ... about a generation finding its way ... Rakoff has brilliantly captured the mood of the era and the energy of a city * Bookpage *
An expansive and elegantly executed time capsule of the generation finding its feet during a critical moment in history * New York Daily News *
Compulsively readable * Los Angeles Times *
Funny and acerbic ... A Fortunate Age leaves a lasting impression * New York Observer *
Superb, acutely insightful ... a modern-day version of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence * The Rumpus *
The poet and journalist assures her place on the East Coast literary scene with this artful, engaging novel * Daily Mail *
An impressively organised and psychologically astute account of the trials of growing up ... Rakoff's book is a real achievement, which delivers the satisfying combination of story, setting and character that is any 500-page social realist novel's premise * Guardian *
Fans of Lena Dunham's Girls will appreciate Rakoff's integrity ... It's one of those rare novels that shines a light on the elements of our personalities that we don't like showing off and the anxieties we think no-one but us holds ... Rakoff crafts a book of contemporary characters you can truly recognise and believe in. I, for one, will be passing it along * Stylist *
Girls fans will recognise the place and pacing immediately ... Rakoff smartly observes the pain of impending adulthood, and reminds us that anxiety and uncertainty is not the exclusive preserve of today's 20-somethings * Grazia *

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