Tangerine by Christine Mangan

tangerine
1. Book Cover, Harper Collins 2. Arabic tea. Source: Flickr 3. Quote, page 9
Lucy … Alice.
Two damaged souls and one of them is dangerous.

3stars I liked this book.


Plot summary: It’s the mid-1950s. Alice and her husband John are living in Tangier during the time of Moroccan independence. Lucy, a friend from her college days arrives unannounced after having had no contact since then. What happens next is narrated alternatively by Lucy and Alice, revealing their dark past, as they continue a volatile relationship over Arab mint tea.


Adaptation: The book has been optioned for film by George Clooney’s production company Smokehouse Pictures, with Scarlett Johansson to star.


Reviews“A Début Novel That Delights in Excess. Christine Mangan portrays a toxic friendship from two equally unreliable points of view.” Full review: New Yorker

“Christine Mangan’s prose and ideas can be a touch formulaic, but Tangerine should make a gripping movie.” Full review: Sydney Morning Herald

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