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Episode 93: Rachel B. Glaser, Paulina & Fran

We welcome special guest Helen McClory this week, who came all the way from Scotland to make us read Rachel B. Glaser’s new book, Paulina & Fran. While she was in the U.S., she also managed to go on an East Coast book tour and inspect our grocery stores for weird foodstuffs.


Glaser’s novel, which came out just last week, is about a circle of art-school classmates who all orbit around a woman named Paulina, who might be most charitably described as “difficult.” Helen tells us why she’s drawn to books about relationships between women, particularly those featuring problem characters like Paulina. We also talk about cool art-school kids, Helen’s own college experiences at St. Andrews, her obsession with monsters, and her own book, On the Edges of Vision.

You can read more from Helen about the creation of her book, here on the website of her publisher.

Finally, if you want to check out Tom’s recent sad mascot stories, here’s one about a pig, and here’s one about a gorilla.

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