Bitter Orange is a lovely slow burn, each fevered turn of the page making the reader implicit in the drama being played out in a decaying English country mansion the summer of 1969. Francis Jellico has been summoned to Lynton to research the architecture and gardens, but when she meets her downstairs neighbors Cara and Peter, a friendship blossoms that is not all that it seems on the surface. Tension mounts as the history of both parties unravel, culminating in an ending that will blindside even the most discerning reader. Claire Fuller is that rare writer that seems to reinvent herself with each novel, yet maintaining a clever style all her own.
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“What I look forward to most in Claire Fuller’s writing is the deliberate unfolding of plot and character, the careful chemistry that crackles when characters observe one another and reader observes narrator. Bitter Orange is Fuller’s most mysterious novel yet, a house haunted by the stories its characters tell of their pasts and the slow unraveling of the truth. Dark and twisty and full of secrets, Bitter Orange is a satisfying page-turner perfect for readers who like a spooky and psychological read.”
— Kelsey O'Rourke, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
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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.