Tangerine

Tangerine

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"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


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CATHY A BERTSCHLER
Nov 23, 2018

Although well rated book, I could not like any characters and didn’t like the ending. The evil one got away with her plot.

ArapahoeKristy Nov 14, 2018

The history of the relationship between the two characters is revealed when one deposits herself back into the the life of the other. Although her presence isn't really wanted, the host can't bring herself to make her intruding guest leave. This ends up bringing about consequences that each woman will deal with for the rest of their lives.

For female readers the front cover is certainly the attraction. I felt compelled to finish the book and did quite enjoy it but the ending was very strange; had to reread the first chapter to explain the ending. Flimsy plot at times.Type of book that can leave you frustratingly unsatisfied but then can't stop thinking about it. Would I have ended it differently??
Has the basis for makings of a movie I think mainly because of the 1950s setting of Tangier being of romantic appeal. Certainly different but not in the same league as Hitchcock or Daphne du Maurier. Good holiday reading.

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JimLoter
Oct 17, 2018

Enjoyable enough but a bit eye-rollingly over-the-top at points with ominous foreshadowing giving way to sinister hokeyness. The Joyce Carol Oates blurb on the cover of the library copy I read compares this work to Highsmith and Hitchcock, which is ... aspirational but not accurate. The prose and dialog are uninspired, and the descriptions of Tangier in the 1950s are not particularly evocative or atmospheric. The whole thing is more "Single White Female" than "The Talented Mr. Ripley." The shifting focus on the two equally unreliable narrators is the book's best feature, especially when each woman tells her own version of the same events. But there is very little stylistic differentiation between them - if each alternate chapter hadn't been titled either "Alice" or "Lucy," it would have been tricky to tell them apart.

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badgirls
Sep 30, 2018

So much 'buzz' about this book. It has now been optioned by George Clooney for a film. So what's not to like?
Quite a bit. It's wordy and meanders through a convoluted story with unreliable narrators.
The cover is beautiful, evocative and features one of the first super-models Suzy Parker photographed in Morocco in the 50's.
The book misses but the cover scores.

ArapahoeKati Sep 17, 2018

Quite a read, twisty and turny and well-written. When I wasn’t reading this, I was thinking about it.

JessicaGma Sep 06, 2018

It's a decent entry into the dangerous femme fatales (like Girl on a train or Gone girl) style of thriller, but it was a bit weird by the end. If you liked the others, you may like this one, but it was a bit.....wobbly by the end, and you just really want to punch the one character.

EvaELPL Aug 16, 2018

I picked this one up on a whim, and was delighted to find that it ticked all my boxes: rich sense of place, unreliable narrators, codependent female friendship, and the combined current of danger and thrill that shot through everything. This was one of those books I was disappointed to finish, because I just wanted to keep reading more of it, or something just like it.

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njwillso
Aug 05, 2018

Tangerine is about two friends who become entangled in a web of lies and deceit, with one always trying to out due the other.

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gbohomegirl7
Aug 05, 2018

I thought this book was pretty good at first. But by the time I got about halfway through, I could tell what was going to happen and didn't feel like watching it unfold. (I skimmed through the second half to see if it played out the way I expected or not--which it did.)

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