By Paulina Porizkova
An incisive, fantastically written first novel by means of a former stick insect that explores the glamorous and gritty global she inhabitedOnly a handful of girls on the earth have skilled what Paulina Porizkova has -- being whisked away to version in Paris whereas nonetheless undefined, attaining the head of the career prior to her schoolmates had even graduated -- and less nonetheless have the perception to seize 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 conversant in scoffs and disdain than admiration and affection, no matter if from her classmates or her circle of relatives. that each one alterations while her in basic terms buddy, Hatty, asks to perform her make-up and images abilities on Jirina. nearly ahead of she is familiar with it Jirina is on a airplane to Paris, the place she is going to spend the summer time in a milieu solely alien to her. dwelling on the domestic of her modeling agency's proprietor and continuously subjected to blunt actual checks, catty and infrequently merciless fellow versions, and womanizing photographers -- and, miraculously sufficient, whereas occasionally feeling really appealing -- Jirina embarks on a trip past her wildest imaginings. among photograph shoots in Italy and Morocco and events with versions and musicians, Jirina manages to make a couple of associates, fall in love, and, finally, think the very grownup discomfort of betrayal and heartbreak.Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy which may merely come from real-life adventure, A version summer time is either the debut of a significantly proficient novelist and an strangely well-informed glance behind the curtain at an international many of us fantasize approximately, yet few rather comprehend.
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It effectively blocks both windows and turns all available sunlight watery blue, which spills over a hodgepodge of black leather couches and rickety coffee tables that are topped with overflowing ashtrays. Jean-Pierre sets down Britta’s suitcase and rings his keys like a bell. ” His cherie shuffles to greet us from the depths of the murky hallway like some creature from an Edgar Allan Poe story. Jean-Pierre introduces her as Marina. “Bonjour,” she says in a raspy whisper, revealing the large yellowed teeth of an old piano.
Two days before I was to start first grade, my mother and I went into the town center to buy school supplies. While we waited for our bus, I spied an apple-cheeked blond girl holding onto her mother’s sweater. We played a sort of peekaboo from behind our mothers, giggling, until I tugged at my mother’s purse too hard and broke the shoulder strap. Her purse went flying, scattering its contents over the pavement. My mother extended her hand and brought it full across my face in a resounding slap.
Kristynka is a different story. She hardly ever sees my father, in part because father doesn’t like small children, but mostly because he suspects Kristynka is not his child anyway. I pull out The Castle, and set it down on my nightstand next to Anna Karenina and my well-worn copy of The Wild Ass’ Skin. Britta hops over to browse through my reading selection, and wrinkles her nose. ” MARINA STANDS BY the stove when we enter the kitchen, stirring the contents of a large pot. A cigarette bobs in her mouth and gently deposits ash into what, I presume, is our dinner.
A model summer by Paulina Porizkova