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.