Joanna Smith Rakoff Close to a Deal On Debut Novel Brooklyn

A novel called Brooklyn, by poet and freelance magazine journalist Joanna Smith Rakoff, will soon have a publisher, according to literary agent Tina Bennett, who is representing the book at auction.

The novel, Ms. Rakoff’s first, is said to be a contemporary take on Mary McCarthy’s The Group, which follows eight Vassar girls as they set out on their adult lives.

Ms. Bennett, a top agent at Janklow & Nesbitt, declined to discuss the book in any detail, but said she expects the auction to be over by tomorrow.