...At nine, I'd loved Pride and Prejudice for its humor; at fifteen, I'd read it with melancholy; but in college, I spurned it with feelings akin to those of my roommate when she broke up with her high-school sweetheart…Is it possible that if you read Pride and Prejudice too young, the book is ruined for you? At what age should you read Jane Austen?...
American novelist and essayist. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Hawaii, where her parents were professors at the University of Hawaii, Goodman earned her A.B. at Harvard University and her Ph.D. in English at Stanford University. She launched her career in fiction with two short story collections, Total Immersion (1989) and The Family Markowitz (1996); since then she has published a string of warmly received novels that depict the manners and mores of contemporary Jewish American life, from Kaaterskill Falls (1998) to The Cookbook Collector (2010). See also allegragoodman.com.