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Paulina & Fran
by Rachel B. Glaser


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A story of friendship, art, sex, and curly hair: an audaciously witty debut tracing the pas de deux of lust and love between two young, uncertain, conflicted art students.

At their New England art school, Paulina and Fran both stand apart from the crowd.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A story of friendship, art, sex, and curly hair: an audaciously witty debut tracing the pas de deux of lust and love between two young, uncertain, conflicted art students.

At their New England art school, Paulina and Fran both stand apart from the crowd. Paulina is striking and sexually adventurous--a self-proclaimed queen bee with a devastating mean-girl streak. With her gorgeous untamed head of curly hair, Fran is quirky, sweet, and sexually innocent. An aspiring painter whose potential outstrips her confidence, she floats dreamily through criticisms and dance floors alike. On a school trip to Norway, the girls are drawn together, each disarmed by the other's charisma.

Though their bond is instant and powerful, it's also wracked by complications. When Fran winds up dating one of Paulina's ex-boyfriends, an incensed Paulina becomes determined to destroy the couple, creating a rift that will shape their lives well past the halcyon days of art school.

Crackling with bon mots and knowing snapshots of that moment when the carefree cocoon of adolescence opens into the permanent, unknowable future, Paulina & Fran is both a sparkling dance party of a novel, and the debut novel of a writer with rare insight into the complexities of obsession, friendship, and prickly, ever-elusive love.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062377340
  • ISBN-10: 0062377345
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Coming of Age

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Glaser (Pee on Water) spins a story about two art students and the paths they take on the road to their destinies. After traveling together on a school trip to Norway, Paulina and Fran form a fragile friendship based on perceptions and assumptions. Paulina is an obsessive, narcissistic young woman who assumes everyone exists for her to seduce; Fran is far more modest and unsure of her appeal. After Fran gets involved with one of Paulina's former boyfriends, their fragile peace is shattered. The friendship devolves and the two enter into a twisted conflict, determined to transcend the circumstances that have separated them. As they look toward the future and wonder what their post-college years will look like, both women flail against the bonds of society's expectations and attempt to explore the forces that will define their lives in a future that doesn't resemble any of their art school dreams. Glaser's prose is witty, well-imagined, and fun to read, capturing all the weirdness of growing up. (Sept.)

 
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