by Christine Mangan

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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062792136
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

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Tangerine 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing book.
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Gailfl More than 1 year ago
I just read an interview with Kate Atkinson where she said she did not enjoy "Women-in-Jeopardy" books--I agree with her! And this book is one of those. There are many books in this genre, many of them best sellers, so it makes me wonder what is the appeal and what am I missing? That said, this book has the flavor of Morocco. But the book is as oppressive as the heat, full of unanswered questions, underdeveloped characters, obsessions, depressions, deceit and murder. I did not meet anyone in this novel that had any redeeming qualities. I trudged through this book just to see Lucy get her come-uppance. Did I mention that the book had a lousy ending? Just not my cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waited for the story to turn but it never did and then it ended.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: It’s about Alice Shipley and Lucy Mason, at one time the closest of friends, now wedged apart by a chilling secret. They find themselves reunited in Morocco in 1956, where revolution is imminent, though it seems like the real warfare is between the two of them. The dusty alleyways of Tangier have never felt so ominous.” First things first: “Tangerine” is what you are called if you are of, or from, Tangiers. The chapters’ p.o.v. alternates between Lucy and Alice, fittingly enough. The first belongs to Alice, musing as she looks out the window at the streets of Morocco, thinking back to her days at Bennington College, in Vermont, where she and Lucy, both 17, were best friends and roommates [having met on their very first day at college.]” And where she met John McAllister, to whom she is now married, although having decided not to change her name: “It felt important, somehow, to retain some part of myself, my family, after everything that had happened.” Trying “to not think each and every second of the day about what had happened in the cold, wintry Green Mountains of Vermont.” It is now just over a year since that time. (There are several references to “what had happened,” although the reader is not told what that “everything” was for quite a while, e.g., “It was perhaps too much to hope for, I knew, that things would simply revert back to how they had once been, before that terrible night.”) Lucy, who is a writer of obituaries for a local newspaper, first appears in Chapter Two, as she describes the intense heat of the city, where she finds “the promise of the unknown, of something infinitely deeper, richer, than anything I had ever experienced in the cold streets of New York.” She has come to Tangiers for the express purpose of finding and joining Alice. Born in a small town in Vermont, Tangiers is literally another world for her. When she makes her way to Alice’s apartment, she finds it cluttered with books, by Dickens and others of that ilk, which is surprising to Lucy, as the Alice she had known was “not a big reader. I had tried to encourage her during our four years as roommaes, but try as I might to interest her, she had only stuck up her nose. They’re all just so serious, she had complained . . . she was made, it seemed, for living, rather than reading about the experiences of other lives.” When Lucy re-enters her life, Alice is delighted to see her “once friend, the closest friend that I had even known before it had all gone wrong.” The tale goes along this way, with fascinating insights into the two women, and into this stifling city, and its people and places, so completely foreign to everything they have known till then. The writing is fascinating, and the mystery, when it is finally made clear to the reader, well worth the time it took to get us there. Recommended.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Tangerine by Christine Mangan is a recommended historical fiction suspense novel set in Tangier, Morocco, in 1956. Alice Shipley has moved to Tangier with her new husband, John McAllister, for his job. McAllister is an obnoxious, disagreeable man who married Alice for her money. He loves Tangier and is always off doing something in the city, while Alice finds the city terrible and oppressive. She is not adjusting to life there at all. However, the last person she expected to show up in Tangier for a visit was Lucy Mason, whom she hasn't spoken to for over a year. Alice and Lucy first met when they were freshman at Bennington in the early 1950s. The roommates became inseparable and were the best of friends - until an unnamed accident happened and the two did not part on good terms. Now, Lucy has traveled to Tangier specifically to see Alice. Alice is surprised to see her after whatever mysterious incident happened between the two. What is clear is that Lucy closely watches everything and always has, and that she is obsessed with Alice. The setting adds to the oppressive feeling, as Alice struggles with the heat and foreignness of Tangier. The writing is wonderfully descriptive. The setting is meticulously detailed, creating an atmospheric setting. The story develops in chapters that alternate between the the two women's point of view, and describe events in the present and the past. It is the unnamed, mysterious accident/incident that happened between the two while they were in college, combined with Lucy's obsession with Alice that creates the feeling of tension. There is an almost Hitchcockian aura surrounding the plot and dialogue. As I was reading Tangerine a feeling persisted that I had read this novel before, or had seen this film before - only the elusive-unnamed-original was better than this novel. The trouble is that the tension and drama is based on the big secret, which is so slow to be revealed that it actually offers no huge surprise. Astute readers will likely have felt the same as I did from the beginning and have an excellent idea where the plot is going long before it meanders that direction. Additionally, even though the two women are described as being very different, sometimes it is hard to tell whose voice you are reading, which is disconcerting. What I do think is true is that this book will make a good movie - which is probably why the film rights have already been sold. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Chilling, atmospheric, and ominous! Tangerine is a well-paced, psychological thriller set in Tangier, Morocco that is told from two different perspectives. Alice, a wealthy, fragile, young woman with a history of tragedy and a husband and new home she’s not entirely comfortable or content with. And Lucy, a dangerous, manipulative young lady who seems to lack a conscience and be driven by an unhealthy, violent obsession. The writing is taut and vividly descriptive. The characters are complex, flawed, and highly unstable. And the plot, using alternating chapters, does a superb job of building tension and unease as it subtly unravels and intertwines an intricate web of lies, secrets, pretense, desperation, infatuation, violence, and murder. Overall, Tangerine is a fantastic debut for Mangan that transports you to another time and place and reminds you that some friendships are not only toxic but often deadly.
ASalt More than 1 year ago
“Tangerine” (a play on the incorrect pronunciation of “Tangier”—a part of Morocco) by Christine Mangan is set during the nostalgic 1950s as colonialism is gradually ending in Africa and the former colonies are gradually getting their first taste of freedom. Into this dangerous but lush tropical setting comes Alice Shipley. A young orphan who is on the cusp of her twenty-first birthday and married to John, the creepy husband who leaves her alone most days to take care of the house while he goes away on his own adventures and helps himself to her monthly allowance—the only thing of any value the half-British Alice has, with the clock ticking away and her set to inherit the full amount of money after her twenty-first birthday. Soon, Alice is joined in Morocco by Lucy Mason—her old college roommate from the U.S., also an orphan—and it seems like two old friends re-united, except there’s a certain shared tragedy from their past that keeps the re-unification from actually being what it comes across as. Alice is baffled why Lucy has come to Tangier and found her, after the way that things have ended between them previously, and becomes scared of her. Lucy, meanwhile, is on to John and their marriage, with all of its dark undertones. Then there’s Joseph—also known as Youseff—a local who Lucy befriends, but who Alice claims is a dangerous crook who lures in unsuspecting tourists. Eventually all the conflicting agendas come to a head. The book switches back and forth between Lucy’s and Alice’s narratives. I thought the characters were strong and memorable, because of their very contrasting personalities. The prose is beautiful and the added suspense---the mystery of what happened between Lucy and Alice when they were in the U.S., as well as their present menage a trois, with Lucy moving in to live with Alice and John, adding fuel to the fire—worked well and kept me turning the pages. Finally, the writing was very atmospheric. I had never heard of Tangier prior to reading this book, but the vivid descriptions transported me there, to the luscious ocean setting, open sand, and to the crowded bazaars and bars. Overall, I found this to be an engaging read.