Oh! You Pretty Things

Oh! You Pretty Things

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A Hollywood native from the wrong side of the Walk of Fame makes a play for star status ("Cosmopolitan")" "in Shanna Mahin s acclaimed novel, called quite a breakout by "The New York Times." Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. Sure, she s got a Santa Monica address and a working actress roommate, but with her nowhere barista job in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size, she s a dead girl walking. Enter Jess s mother a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement. She dives headlong into her daughter s downward spiral, forcing Jess to muster all her spite and self-preservation to snag a career upgrade. As a personal assistant for a famous (and secretly agoraphobic) film composer, Jess s workdays are now filled with shopping for luxury goods and cooking in his perfectly designed kitchen. Jess kills at cooking, a talent that only serves her intensifying urge to dig in to Los Angeles s celebrity buffet. When her food garners the attention of an actress on the rise, well, she s all too willing to throw it in with the composer and upgrade again, a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications that could explode all her relationships. All the while, her mother looms ever closer, forcing Jess to confront the traumatic secrets she s been running from all her life. "Oh! You Pretty Things"is a dizzying ride at the carnival of fame, a fast-paced and sharply funny work that dares to imagine what happens when we go over the top in a town of gilded excess."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 33mm | 544g
  • Dutton Books
  • New York
  • English
  • 0525955046
  • 9780525955047
  • 1,483,365

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Praise for "Oh! You Pretty Things" "Quick witted and sharply observed." -- "San Diego Union-Times " "Being third-generation Hollywood, Mahin knows L.A. life, and it shines through in the authentic details in this novel...memorable characters, witty banter, and [the] fascinating world of celebrity assistants." -- "Library Journal " "An absorbing and authentic look at the glamour, glitz, and excess of Hollywood, and its effect on those who live on the fringes of it all."" -- "Booklist " ""Hilarious and heartbreaking." - "Bella NYC Magazine " "This novel rings very true to its L.A. setting...with a main character whose vulnerabilities and triumphs will grow on the reader." - "Variety ""A funny, poignant glimpse of a woman growing up and living in Hollywood but never feeling that she belongs." - ShelfAwareness ""Oh! You Pretty Thing"s rocks my Amadeus! Funny, ironic, sardonic, sarcastic, clever, heartfelt...there is something so wonderful about a book that's so upfront and in-your-face, yet manages to subtly deliver an emotional punch that will linger with you long after you've turned the final page. Don't let the glitzy Hollywood facade fool you; this fabulous novel reveals much about the depth of the human soul." --Garth Stein, "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Sudden Light" and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" "Shanna Mahin's prose amuses, seduces, and kicks your ass all at the same time. The story, as fresh and urgent as tomorrow's best gossip, grabs hold and never lets go. An absolute joyride!" --Allison Burnett, screenwriter of "Autumn in New York" and" Feast of Love " "Reading "Oh! You Pretty Things" is like eating a box of chocolates in bed--but without any calories. Hilarious, poignant, sharply observed, it is at once a caricature of Hollywood and a searingly accurate portrayal of life inside tinseltown. Shanna Mahin has given us a central character who is both hard-assed and lovable, and a supporting cast worthy of its own Oscar. I wanted another thousand pages of this book's charm, fluidity, and mordant wit." -Andrew Solomon, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Noonday Demon" and "Far from the Tree"show more

About Shanna Mahin

SHANNA MAHIN is a high school dropout who rallied late despite her ninth grade English teacher s prediction of a lifetime of wasted potential. Her writing fellowships include the MacDowell Colony, the Norman Mailer Center, and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices. Just like her character, Shanna is third-generation Hollywood."show more

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4 30% (414)
3 42% (578)
2 15% (202)
1 4% (54)
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