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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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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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      • source: Washington Post
      • content: "Add a dose of suspense to your reading list. . . . A renewed friendship, a mysterious disappearance, and a world turned thrillingly upside down."
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      • source: NPR
      • content: "A juicy melodrama cast against the sultry, stylish imagery of North Africa in the fifties. . . . [Tangerine is] endearing and even impressive in the force of its determination to conjure a life more exciting than most. . . . Just the ticket."
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      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: "[Mangan] knows all the notes to hit to create lush, sinister atmosphere and to prolong suspense. . . . A satisfying, juicy thriller."
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      • content: "As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn, and Patricia Highsmith had collaborated on a screenplay to be filmed by Hitchcock—suspenseful and atmospheric."
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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
      • content: "The thriller that everyone will be talking about. . . . One of those sinuous, Hitchcockian tales that disorients in the best way. . . . Hypnotic."
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      • source: Nylon Magazine
      • content: "If you liked The Talented Mr. Ripley, then you're going to go wild for this taut thriller. . . . Absolutely delicious."
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      • source: Jennifer Egan, New York
      • content: "This is a Hitchcockian thrill ride that's so evocative, it will make you swear you've been to Morocco."
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      • source: Esquire
      • content: "Both eerie and thrilling, the tangled knot that binds these two female characters will keep you frantically turning the pages. Tangerine dabbles in dark backstory and psychological doubt, leaving me feeling as though I've gone to Tangier, with Daphne du Maurier's literary heir as my guide."
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      • source: New Yorker
      • content: "Promises to be one of the best debuts of the year. . . . Echoes of Gillian Flynn and Patricia Highsmith in this tightly wound, exotic story."
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      • source: New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Readers captivated by the flavor of international romance and intrigue, as in Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, will enjoy the distorted psychological twists and turns."
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      • source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
      • content: "A searing, propulsive story about female friendship gone awry."
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      • source: Parade
      • content: "The reader's sympathy switches back and forth between Lucy and Alice as their Moroccan reunion moves inexorably toward another fatal crossroads. But caveat lector: Tangerine, like its namesake fruit, can be both bracing and bitter."
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      • source: Wall Street Journal
      • content: "In her utterly transfixing debut, Christine Mangan deftly transports readers to Northern Africa at midcentury—the most glamorous possible milieu, and the ideal setting for a story of heated passion, in which friendship becomes obsession and, finally, a kind of madness."
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      • source: The Guardian
      • content: "Eerie and fun."
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      • source: The Missourian
      • content: "A dark and truly haunting tale of friendship and obsession."
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      • content: "A slow-burning suspense novel about betrayal in the sun-drenched setting of 1950s Tangier. . . . It's a page-turner."
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      • source: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Newsweek
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      • source: Southern Living
      • content: "A taut and heady suspense story."
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      • content: "A dark tale of twisted love."
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      • source: Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Book of American Martyrs
      • content: "Fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley will find much to love in this sultry thriller."
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      • source: Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty
      • content: "One book to add to your must-read list this spring."
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      • source: Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist and Three Martini Lunch
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Booklist (starred review)
      • content: "It's thrilling to read a new voice that feels so fully formed and in command of her narrative."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Maddening, gripping, enchanting—I'm at risk of running out of adjectives to describe just how wholly impressive this debut is. . . . Mangan has written a lush, vibrant, and unputdownable psychological suspense story that recalls the work of Patricia Highsmith in a voice all her...
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        October 15, 2017

        Alice hasn't spoken to former Bennington roommate Lucy since a terrible accident over a year ago, but she's almost relieved when Lucy arrives in sun-scorched 1950s Tangier, eager to put things right. But soon Lucy seems to be taking over (again), and then Alice's husband disappears. Atmospheric enough to be a movie? You bet; George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures bought the film rights, with Scarlett Johansson set to star. No wonder this debut is getting a 200,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        January 1, 2018
        The spirit of Patricia Highsmith’s sociopathic social climber Tom Ripley is alive in Mangan’s transportive debut. Alice Shipley and Lucy Mason met as freshman at Bennington in the early 1950s and became the best of friends. Now, after a year apart, they meet again in 1956 in Tangier, where Alice and her new husband, John McAllister, have moved for his job. Alice doesn’t especially enjoy living in Tangier, which is too foreign for her liking. Lucy, meanwhile, revels in the raffish individuals found in the souk. A suspected dalliance by John paves the way for Lucy to reassert her position with the emotionally fragile and easy-to-manipulate Alice. At the same time, the story flashes back to the girls’ passionate friendship at Bennington, where they were inseparable until Tom, a drama student from Williams, came between them. A tragedy ultimately broke their friendship, and there is every indication that another accident of some kind will occur in Tangier; the twisted history of this relationship seems fated to repeat itself. Although some of the plot developments are easy to predict, the novel is narrated persuasively in alternating chapters by Alice and Lucy, and Mangan’s portrayal of Tangier is electric. This sharp novel reads like Single White Female rewritten as a collaboration between Paul Bowles and Mary McCarthy.

      • premium: True
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        January 15, 2018
        In 1956, a pair of college roommates meets again in Tangier, with terrifying results."At first, I had told myself that Tangier wouldn't be so terrible," says Alice Shipley, a young wife dragged there by her unpleasant husband, John McAllister, who has married her for her money. He vanishes every day into the city, which he adores, while Alice is afraid to go out at all, having once gotten lost in the flea market. Then Lucy Mason, her one-time best friend and roommate at Bennington College, shows up unannounced on her doorstep. "I had never, not once in the many moments that had occurred between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the dusty alleyways of Morocco, expected to see her again." Alice and Lucy did not part on good terms; there are repeated references to a horrible accident which will remain mysterious for some time. What is clear is that Lucy is romantically obsessed with Alice and that Alice is afraid of her. In chapters that alternate between the two women's points of view, the past and the present unfold. The two young women bonded quickly at Bennington: though Alice is a wealthy, delicate Brit and Lucy a rough-edged local on scholarship, both are orphans. Or at least Lucy says she is--from the start, there are inconsistencies in her story that put Alice in doubt. And while Alice is so frightened of Tangier that she can't leave the house, Lucy feels right at home: she finds the maze of souks electrifying, and she quickly learns to enjoy the local custom of drinking scalding hot mint tea in the heat. She makes a friend, a shady local named Joseph, and immediately begins lying to him, introducing herself as Alice Shipley. Something evil this way comes, for sure. 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, though the first is a bit overdone and the second contains a few head-scratchers, including the evil-lesbian trope. Film rights have already been sold; it will make a good movie.

        COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        Starred review from January 1, 2018
        Like a chameleon, noir adapts to its landscape and climate, finding in either sun or rain the climatological ingredients necessary to generate a mood of oppression, foreboding, and inevitability. So it is in Mangan's hypnotic debut, set in 1950s Tangier, where a deadly, Hitchcockian pas de deux plays out under an unrelenting, Camus-like African sun. Alice, a fragile Englishwoman, has landed in Tangier after a sudden marriage to one of those British gentlemen whose pedigree masks his idler essence. The marriage is a way of escaping the scandal that caused Alice's breakdown and forced her to leave college in Vermont. When Lucy, Alice's college roommate, turns up at Alice's door in Tangier, the dance begins, with Mangan switching the narration between Alice and Lucy, as we gradually learn what happened in Vermont and begin to get a feel for the psychological dynamics between the two women. The echoes of Patricia Highsmith reverberate almost too loudly here. Yes, Mr. Ripley has become a femme fatale, but Mangan's take on that familiar theme never seems reductive, nor mere homage. That's partially because of the electrical energy that crackles between Alice and Lucy, but it's also related to Mangan's ability to turn the mood and the setting of the story into a kind of composite force field that sucks the reader in almost instantly. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Scarlett Johansson will play Alice in a George Clooney-produced film that is already generating buzz, months before the book is even published.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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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...

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