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By Paulina Porizkova

ISBN-10: 1401303269

ISBN-13: 9781401303266

An incisive, superbly written first novel via 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, achieving the head of the occupation earlier than 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 woman from Sweden, she's even more familiar with scoffs and disdain than admiration and affection, even if from her classmates or her circle of relatives. that every one alterations while her merely good friend, Hatty, asks to perform her make-up and images talents on Jirina. nearly prior to she is familiar with it Jirina is on a airplane to Paris, the place she's going to spend the summer season in a milieu fullyyt alien to her. residing on the domestic of her modeling agency's proprietor and consistently subjected to blunt actual checks, catty and sometimes merciless fellow versions, and womanizing photographers -- and, miraculously sufficient, whereas occasionally feeling really appealing -- Jirina embarks on a trip past her wildest imaginings. among picture shoots in Italy and Morocco and events with versions and musicians, Jirina manages to make a couple of acquaintances, fall in love, and, ultimately, believe the very grownup ache of betrayal and heartbreak.Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy which can purely come from real-life event, A version summer season is either the debut of a particularly proficient novelist and an surprisingly well-informed glance backstage at an international many of us fantasize approximately, yet few particularly recognize.

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Britta cocks her head in surprise. ” I shrug. No need to add that my father doesn’t expect to hear from me until the summer’s end. I think he was relieved he no longer has to drive the fifty kilometers from Malmö, where he lives with his new wife, to pick me up for the monthly weekend. 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.

Merci,” she says and lights another cigarette off the stump of its predecessor. Is this it? I don’t dare to ask, so I pull my jeans back on and leave. The streets have suddenly lost some of their charm. I squeeze between two cars parked on the sidewalk and hit my knee. Why can’t the French park like normal people? A tickle of tears nestles in my sinuses. What now? Will the woman call the agency and tell them to fire me? I imagine them all sharing a chuckle over “the poor, dirty commie cow” who thinks she can be a model.

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.

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