By Paulina Porizkova
An incisive, fantastically written first novel by means of a former twiglet that explores the glamorous and gritty global she inhabitedOnly a handful of girls on the planet 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 catch 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 familiar with name callings and disdain than admiration and affection, no matter if from her classmates or her circle of relatives. that every one alterations whilst her purely buddy, 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 time in a milieu solely alien to her. residing on the domestic of her modeling agency's proprietor and consistently subjected to blunt actual exams, catty and sometimes merciless fellow versions, and womanizing photographers -- and, miraculously adequate, 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 buddies, fall in love, and, ultimately, believe the very grownup ache of betrayal and heartbreak.Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy that may in basic terms come from real-life event, A version summer time is either the debut of a particularly gifted novelist and an strangely well-informed glance behind the curtain at an international many of us fantasize approximately, yet few particularly understand.
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I’ll get her a bottle,” Marina says and stomps off. Olympe goes stiff in my arms again and I struggle to get a better hold on her. “Look. Look at the fish, le poisson jaune—il est—” What’s the word for funny-looking? I suck in my cheeks and bulge out my eyes. A fish face. ” I have her attention now. A hesitant smile creeps across her face. Relief washes over me; I haven’t lost my touch yet. ” Britta’s tousled head peeks out from our room. ” I rock Olympe back and forth on my hip. She’s getting heavy.
The man flips to the next pages. “Ooh, an homage to David Hamilton,” he smirks. I rise a little. They noticed the effect my tiny Indian photographer tried so hard to get. “How cheesy,” the woman says. I’m not quite certain what “cheesy” means. Fat-laden? Good with bread? Smelly? I blush again. Remarkable how many times today my body has sent extra blood to my head. The man closes the portfolio and glances at my name written on the spine. ” he says. ” I open my mouth to answer, but the woman is faster.
That particular Uncle was a favorite; he would give me and Kristynka candy from the store when Mother wasn’t looking. Unfortunately, he lost his spot shortly after that summer. The recent Uncle, Ingmar, studies law and is ten years younger than my mother. At twenty-one, he is really closer to my age. It doesn’t matter, for he is obviously on his way out too; before I left for Paris, Mother had been instructing me to tell him she was not home when he called. Suddenly, the door opens and nearly hits Britta in the face.