Recent fellowships and residencies include the MacDowell Colony, the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, PEN Center USA Emerging Voices, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Writers at Work, and the Eda Kriseova Creative Nonfiction Fellowship at the Prague Summer Program, among others.
Mahin applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, Oh! You Pretty Things, and reported the following:
From page 69:Visit Shanna Mahin's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.I’m lying in bed on Saturday watching The Real Housewives of Orange County, slightly hungover from the bottle of Valpolicella I plowed through the night before, when I feel a reality-TV shame spiral coming on. I mute the TV and call Scout, hoping to ward it off.This page is a low point for Jess, my protagonist, but it’s pretty in keeping with the voice throughout the book. She’s about to go on a wild ride that will place her smack in the middle of the celebrity culture she yearns for, but at what cost?
She answers on the second ring. “What are you doing?”
“Reading back issues of The New Yorker and giving myself a pedicure.”
“Googling ex-boyfriends and drinking jasmine tea,” I say. “Writing a condolence note to Lisa Rinna about her lips.”
“Wow,” Scout says. “And you going time to call me?”
“I’m about to cross over to the dark side of the moon.”
“I have no idea what that means,” she says. “And I can’t wait for you to tell me. But first, let’s talk about my birthday party.”
Well, shit. I can recite the phone numbers of every landline of all thirteen apartments Donna lived in when I was a kid, and I can’t remember my friend’s birthday? I suck.
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