Tangerine: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Come to 1950’s Tangiers where Alice Shipley is living with her new husband. Afraid to go out alone into the tumultuous city, Alice is relieved when Lucy, her adventurous former Bennington roommate, arrives in Morocco. Before long, Alice realize that something is off. Lucy wants to control her and there is still the issue of the accident that happened at school that they don’t talk about. When Alice’s husband disappears we are in for a marvelous atmospheric mystery with a diverse group of fascinating characters.  —Elaine

— From Elaine and Luisa's Picks: March - April 2018

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

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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

About the Author


Christine Mangan has her PhD in English from University College Dublin, where her thesis focused on 18th-century Gothic literature, and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Maine.  Tangerine is her first novel.

Praise For…


“The lying, the cunning, and the duplicity is so very mannered that it’s chilling. Rich in dread, the foreboding positively drips from every page.” 
Washington Post

“A dark tale of twisted love.”
NPR

“Promises to be one of the best debuts of the year. . . . Echoes of Gillian Flynn and Patricia Highsmith in this tightly wound, exotic story.”
Entertainment Weekly

“A slow-burning suspense novel about betrayal in the sun-drenched setting of 1950s Tangier. . . . It’s a page-turner.”
AARP Magazine

“Unbelievably tense, incredibly smart. . . . Mangan full-speeds up to her shocking finale, twisting the plot with reveals you never see coming. . . . [Her] writing is so accomplished, so full of surprises and beauty, that you’d swear she was a seasoned pro.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“If you liked The Talented Mr. Ripley, then you’re going to go wild for this taut thriller. . . . Absolutely delicious.”
Nylon Magazine

“Eerie and fun.”
Jennifer Egan, New York

“The thriller that everyone will be talking about. . . . One of those sinuous, Hitchcockian tales that disorients in the best way. . . . Hypnotic.”
Esquire

“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.”
New Yorker

“[Mangan] knows all the notes to hit to create lush, sinister atmosphere and to prolong suspense. . . . A satisfying, juicy thriller.”
New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062686664
ISBN-10: 0062686666
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English