Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser

Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser

Out from Harper Perennial (September 1, 2015) -

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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“Mood,” by definition, is a varying and elusive term, much like Rachel Glaser’s collection of poems that leaves anyone who is fortunate enough to pick it up, piqued with not only interest but also self-examination. Again when re-examining the book’s title, in order to better understand the collection as a whole, the word mood in old English denotes military courage, though it more commonly refers to a person’s humor, temper, or disposition at a particular time. The word’s etymological definition rings throughout the book. -  Jake Mariani