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Review: A Fortunate Age – Joanna Rakoff


A Fortunate Age

Exactly a year ago, I reviewed a memoir called My Salinger Year; written by Joanna Rakoff, it was an account of her year working as assistant to J. D Salinger’s literary agent and a charming take on literary New York in the 1990s. Thus, on hearing that Rakoff was to publish a debut novel, I was eager to see how the author would fare in the world of fiction.

A coming of age novel reminiscent of Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, A Fortunate Age tells the tale of a group of Oberlin graduates who move to New York to chase dreams,  relationships and a life less ordinary and perfectly captures the transition to adulthood. Much like Rakoff’s account of her first post-univeristy job in literary New York, A Fortunate Age highlights the highs and the lows that are so synonymous with finding one’s feet after the three year haze of late nights and lecture halls has come to an abrupt finish.

With a cast of well thought out characters, meticulous prose and vivid imagery throughout, A Fortunate Age is a fabulous follow-up to Rakoff’s memoir that will resonate with graduates all over the world.

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