By Paulina Porizkova
An incisive, superbly written first novel by way of a former stick insect that explores the glamorous and gritty international she inhabitedOnly a handful of ladies on this planet have skilled what Paulina Porizkova has -- being whisked away to version in Paris whereas nonetheless undefined, attaining the head of the career sooner than her schoolmates had even graduated -- and less nonetheless have the perception to trap it on paper.In her first novel, Paulina tells the tale of Jirina. A tall, scrawny fifteen-year-old lady from Sweden, she's even more acquainted with scoffs and disdain than admiration and affection, no matter if from her classmates or her family. that each one alterations whilst her purely good friend, Hatty, asks to perform her make-up and images abilities on Jirina. virtually sooner than she is aware it Jirina is on a aircraft to Paris, the place she's going to spend the summer season in a milieu completely alien to her. dwelling on the domestic of her modeling agency's proprietor and regularly subjected to blunt actual exams, catty and infrequently merciless fellow types, and womanizing photographers -- and, miraculously adequate, whereas occasionally feeling actually appealing -- Jirina embarks on a trip past her wildest imaginings. among photograph shoots in Italy and Morocco and events with types and musicians, Jirina manages to make a number of buddies, fall in love, and, ultimately, suppose the very grownup soreness of betrayal and heartbreak.Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy that may simply come from real-life adventure, A version summer time is either the debut of a particularly gifted novelist and an surprisingly well-informed glance behind the curtain at an international many of us fantasize approximately, yet few rather understand.
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She lights up and a sweet aroma of burning hay covers the reek of old cigarettes and fresh toilet bowls. Marina inhales and keeps the smoke inside her lungs for what seems an eternity. Britta and I stand, waiting for her to exhale. My lungs start to burn and I realize I’ve been holding my breath along with Marina. Finally she blows out a cloud of smoke. “Vennez,” she says. She rushes us through a tour of the apartment. There is only one bathroom we are all to share, tiled in dark blue and lit with fluorescent lights.
Look, this is Olympe. ” Britta rubs sleep from her eyes. “Yeah, cute,” she says, but barely looks. “Do you have something for a headache? ” I enter our room with Olympe and set her down on my bed while I go through my bag in search of Panadol. I hand it to Britta, and she shakes out four little pills. “Um, you only need two,” I say. “Not for this headache,” she says and gulps them down without water. “So where’s Marina? ” “She went to the kitchen to get a bottle,” I say. ” “I’ll get her. Need to get some coffee anyway,” Britta says and clomps off.
And where? These thoughts may keep me up all night. That, and Britta puking into the wastebasket. She’s obviously not as used to alcohol as she is to sex. M. she finally falls asleep, leaving me perfectly awake after the endless runs to the kitchen for another glass of water. Not that I mind. I know that because of my ministrations, she can’t just dismiss me now. With each kind act, I barter her precious friendship. Eventually I drift off to an uneasy sleep and dream of trying to purchase makeup in a French hardware store.
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