Tangerine: A Novel by Christine ManganTangerine: A Novel by Christine Mangan

Tangerine: A Novel

byChristine Mangan

Paperback | March 27, 2018

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“As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn, and Patricia Highsmith had collaborated on a screenplay to be filmed by Hitchcock—suspenseful and atmospheric.”
—Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Book of American Martyrs

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. 

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.

Optioned for film by George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures, with Scarlett Johansson to star

Christine Mangan is a fiction author who earned her Phd in English from University College Dublin. She later went on to earn her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her first novel, Tangerine, made the Bestseller list in 2018.
Title:Tangerine: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:March 27, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062834401

ISBN - 13:9780062834409

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I enjoyed Tangerine, it’s a story about friendship gone awry. A suspense that simmers slowly, making it a little more eerie. The narrators deliver performances to savour. But the best part is the great description of 1950’s Tangier, the story was wrapped in the exotic scents and sounds of it, just a lovely audio book.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was of two minds when deciding what rating to give this book – was it going to be three stars or two stars?? The book is about two women – Alice Shipley and Lucy Mason. They meet in college when they were assigned as roommates and quickly became best friends. There is an incident at some point during their time at Bennington College and it tears them apart. Alice is fragile and Lucy is domineering and there is definitely a Single White Female vibe running through this book. Lucy disappears after the “incident” and a number of years later, Alice marries John and they move to Tangier. While John loves living in Tangier, Alice hates it and has an extremely difficult time adjusting to the point where she almost becomes agoraphobic and doesn’t want to leave their apartment. Low and behold, who shows up at the door one day but Lucy with plans to stay with Alice and John. This is where I start to have issues with this book. As I said earlier, Lucy is domineering and Alice just lets her walk all over her. For example, several times Alice asks Lucy to leave. Lucy just disregards Alice’s request and continues to live with them. I got so tired of Alice being a doormat that both John and Lucy walked all over. My preference for book endings is when good triumphs over evil and unfortunately that doesn’t happen in this book. While I think the book is well written and I enjoyed the descriptions of Tangier, personally, my enjoyment factor wasn’t high and while I gave it a 3 star rating, it was teetering on the edge of two stars.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent An utterly absorbing novel. Eerie and dreamlike, it pulls you into another world.
Date published: 2018-04-25

Editorial Reviews

“Mangan’s debut pays homage to The Talented Mr. Ripley and to the work of Daphne du Maurier and Shirley Jackson. A vivid setting and a devious, deadly plot.”