Mira is studying art in Florence when her cousin Aïda arrives for a visit. Aïda is a model who almost died—but after a grievous injury, she leaves the hospital even skinnier than she was before. She might be the greatest model anyone has ever seen. Has Mira mentioned that she herself is not a model? But Mira is an artist, and only time will tell what matters more.
“When She Is Old and I Am Famous” is the piercingly beautiful story of the relationship between two young women and the longevity of love and art, a selection from Julie Orringer’s award-winning debut story collection How To Breathe Underwater, a New York Times Notable Book.
JULIE ORRINGER is the author of the novel The Invisible Bridge and the award-winning short-story collection How to Breathe Underwater, which was a New York Times Notable Book. She is the winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for Fiction and the recipient of fellowships from… More about Julie Orringer