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An incisive, beautifully written first novel by a former
supermodel that explores the glamorous and gritty world she
a handful of women in the world have experienced what
has -- being whisked away to model in Paris while still a
reaching the pinnacle of the profession before her
schoolmates had even
graduated -- and fewer still have the insight to capture it
her first novel, Paulina tells the story of Jirina. A tall,
fifteen-year-old girl from Sweden, sheâ€™s much more
accustomed to taunts
and disdain than admiration and affection, whether from her
or her own family. That all changes when her only friend,
to practice her makeup and photography skills on Jirina.
she knows it Jirina is on a plane to Paris, where she will
summer in a milieu entirely alien to her. Living at the home
modeling agencyâ€™s owner and constantly subjected to blunt
assessments, catty and often cruel fellow models, and womanizing
photographers -- and, miraculously enough, while sometimes
truly beautiful -- Jirina embarks on a journey beyond her
imaginings. Between photo shoots in Italy and Morocco and
models and musicians, Jirina manages to make a few friends,
love, and, eventually, feel the very adult pain of betrayal and
Told with the grace, simplicity, and
accuracy that can only come from real-life experience, A
is both the debut of a notably talented novelist and an
well-informed look behind the scenes at a world many people
about, but few really know.
Interviews for A Model Summer
Meet Paulina Porizkova -- model, celebrity and author! A Model Summer May 16, 2007
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