April 2018 Indie Next List
“Tangerine is one of the best debut novels I've read in a long time. Thanks to her exquisite writing, Christine Mangan manages to create a lush, vivid picture of Tangier in the 1950s and bring to life a complicated and very dark friendship between two young women. Lucy and Alice are former college roommates whose relationship has long since gone sour. When they reunite in Tangier, Mangan milks the delicious tension for all it's worth and brings their story to a shocking conclusion. This book is an absolute stunner!”
— Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL
Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List
“Two women who met in college but parted ways over tragedy find themselves together again in 1950s Tangiers. Neither narrator is entirely trustworthy, so as the secrets surrounding their last meeting come to light, the tension ratchets up and we realize that it’s about to happen all over again.”
— Laura Cummings, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH
"A juicy melodrama cast against the sultry, stylish imagery of North Africa in the fifties." --The New Yorker
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