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“A Trailblazer for the Next Generation”

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney MFA ’13 nominated Christine Mangan MFA '04 for Newsweek’s special feature on “Women of the Future,” which asked 20 prominent women to each nominate an up-and-comer they believe will be a trailblazer for the next generation. 

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Mangan’s psychological thriller Tangerine arrived in Sweeney’s mail not long ago, and she couldn’t stop reading, thanks to the strong female characters and intriguing plot. It also helped that the author’s first novel, slated to publish in March, is set in Tangier, Morocco—a place Sweeney longs to visit.

It’s the 1950s, and a woman named Alice finds her fiancé has died unexpectedly. Alice quickly leaves behind her life at Bennington College in Vermont, including Lucy, her roommate and closest friend. When Lucy and Alice are reunited a year later in Morocco, Alice’s new husband suddenly goes missing–leaving her to wonder if Lucy is to blame. Tangerine was recently picked up by George Clooney’s production company, and Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star as Alice in the film.”

Sweeney’s first novel, The Nest, debuted at No. 3 on The New York Times best-seller list in 2016. It is being adapted into a movie by Amazon Studios.