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Bitter Orange

(2018)
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A Most Anticipated Book at Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, Elle, BUST, HuffPost, NYLON, Southern Living, Parade, and more.

From the author of Our Endless Numbered Days and Swimming Lessons, Bitter Orange is a seductive psychological portrait, a keyhole into the dangers of longing and how far a woman might go to escape her past.

From the attic of Lyntons, a dilapidated English country mansion, Frances Jellico sees them - Cara first: dark and beautiful, then Peter: striking and serious. The couple is spending the summer of 1969 in the rooms below hers while Frances is researching the architecture in the surrounding gardens. But she's distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she finds a peephole that gives her access to her neighbors' private lives.

To Frances' surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to get to know her. It is the first occasion she has had anybody to call a friend, and before long they are spending every day together: eating lavish dinners, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, and smoking cigarettes until the ash piles up on the crumbling furniture. Frances is dazzled.

But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right between Cara and Peter. The stories that Cara tells don't quite add up, and as Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous, hedonistic couple, the boundaries between truth and lies, right and wrong, begin to blur. Amid the decadence, a small crime brings on a bigger one: a crime so terrible that it will brand their lives forever.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Incredibly atmospheric, vivid and intriguing. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't reading a forgotten classic." - Emma Healey

"A twisty, thorny, darkly atmospheric page turner about loneliness and belonging." - Gabriel Tallent


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January 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Bitter Orange
Author(s): Claire Fuller
ISBN: 1-4328-6045-3 / 978-1-4328-6045-5 (USA edition)
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Title: Bitter Orange
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Title: Bitter Orange
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ISBN: 0-241-34182-5 / 978-0-241-34182-7 (UK edition)
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bitter Orange
Author(s): Claire Fuller
ISBN: 0-241-98346-0 / 978-0-241-98346-1 (UK edition)
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Title: Bitter Orange
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ISBN: 1-4870-0467-2 / 978-1-4870-0467-5 (Canada edition)
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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bitter Orange
Author(s): Claire Fuller
ISBN: 0-241-34183-3 / 978-0-241-34183-4 (UK edition)
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October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bitter Orange
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Title: Bitter Orange
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July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bitter Orange
Author(s): Claire Fuller
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October 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Bitter Orange
Author(s): Claire Fuller
Publisher: Tin House Books
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October 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bitter Orange
Author(s): Claire Fuller
Publisher: Anansi International
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July 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bitter Orange
Author(s): Claire Fuller
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