Author Robert Goolrick: Friend of Jane


Alert Janeite Lisa spotted an F.O.J. reference in an interview with Robert Goolrick, author of The End of the World as We Know It and The Reliable Wife.

PW: In addition to Michael Lesy, were you inspired by other writers of that period?

RG: If anything, I was inspired by earlier writers. I’m always inspired by Jane Austen, curiously enough. She has a great thing that she does, which is her novels are about complicated, romantic situations in which all the happiness comes at the very end—like a magic trick. I love that about her, and I wanted to write a novel in which people seemingly unable to be happy suddenly find redemption and happiness all in a second.