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Paulina & Fran

Cover illustration for the book Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser

Introduction of the book:

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.

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Garden

Illustration for the short story Garden by Marguerite Bennett for the Book Becoming Dangerous

Excerpt:

‘Blood and bone meal and shit and decay - the gardener must clear out the dead, the dying, the withered, to make room for new life, cutting and cleaning and slicing, all sap and saplings and seeds, digging a graveyard steaming with rot and heat to feed the roots of something stronger. She nurtures what she pleases. She cuts down what does not earn her favour. She controls sun and shade, wind and water. Poisons and potions, elements and herbs - her hands are the scales of life and death.'