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Stonecoast alumna publishes debut novel and signs Hollywood deal

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Scarlett Johansson is reportedly set to star in a film version of the just-published novel “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan '06, an alumna of USM’s Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing.

The book, Mangan’s debut novel, was optioned for more than $1 million by George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures, according to the magazine Entertainment Weekly.

The story is set in Morocco with a young American newlywed who reconnects with a former college roommate in Tangier. Intrigue follows.

“‘Tangerine’ is cinematically engineered, an aromatic stew of ingredients ripe for a big-screen treatment — exotic ’50s setting, unreliable narrators with inscrutable motivations, mysteries clouded in madness,” wrote David Canfield for the magazine.

The Hollywood deal took place months before the book was officially published on March 27 by Ecco/HarperCollins.

Part of the story grew out of Mangan's musings on friendship, she told the magazine WWD.

“I’m hesitant to say [I pulled from] my own experiences, but I do think that most women go through, in their formative years, that moment where you have this friend who means everything in the world to you and something does always happen that’s going to change that,” Mangan told WWD. “In ‘Tangerine,’ all of that is taken to Gothic extremes. But I think that really everybody has had some sort of relationship where that person is everything to you, they mean the world to you — and then what happens when that’s threatened, when it starts to break apart?”

The 320-page book is available on Amazon in hardbound, paperback and audio editions.

Stonecoast MFA has also recently created a new scholarship to support writers who use their work to effect positive social change. On April 1st they launched the campaign: "One Month, One Voice" a community initiative to raise funds for the scholarship.