Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Joanna Rakoff

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Cambridge, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2003, 2019

Joanna Rakoff is the author of My Salinger Year, an international bestseller and finalist for the Elle Grand Prix des Lectrices. It is currently being adapted for film by Oscar-nominee Philippe Falardeau. Her novel A Fortunate Age, was the winner of the Goldberg Prize for Fiction. At MacDowell, she worked on her new memoir, The Fifth Passenger, which investigates the deaths of her older siblings, whose existence was kept a secret from her for much of her life.



Joanna Rakoff worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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