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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1416590803
ISBN-13: 9781416590804
Sku: 211432649
Publish Date: 2/16/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1T
Pages:  399
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A dazzling, instantly compelling first novel that tells the universal story of the starting-out years of six college friends living in Brooklyn.
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A dazzling, instantly compelling first novel that tells the universal story of the starting-out years of six college friends living in Brooklyn.
Joanna Smith Rakoff's absorbing debut is filled with the basic conflicts of a Victorian novel--friendship and betrayal, wealth and poverty, love and loss--but the action takes place in a time we can remember, rather than imagine. Amidst the rollicking 1990's and on through 9/11, a group of college friends struggle to stay close to one another as their lives expand in opposing directions. They include two actors (one successful, one struggling), a perpetual student, a fledgling professor, and a musician. At the center of the circle is Sadie Peregrine, a New York editor who excels at finding others' mistakes (in writing and in life), but finds it much more difficult to correct herself.


"[Rakoff] invests the group's life choices and mistakes with a real sense or urgency, casting the postcollegiate years as a kind of crucible that only the strong survive." - Joanne Wilkinson 11/15/2009

"[Rakoff's] psychology is accurate and interesting, and one never doubts her intelligence....The adventures of her characters are interesting....[and she] has a sharp eye for detail." - Sandra Newman 04/01/2009

"A FORTUNATE AGE, Joanna Smith Rakoff's sweeping debut novel..., may turn out to be the long-awaited book that perfectly captures the '90s, that time of social and financial excess that set the stage for the current economic collapse." - Laurel Maury 05/22/2009

"Rakoff's novel...[is] an absorbing...story of a group of idealistic friends coming of age in the big city....[She] offers a detailed portrait of [New York] during a fascinating time, the days before and after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks." - Chuck Leddy 06/27/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0399
Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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