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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.
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About the AuthorClaire Fuller was born in Oxfordshire, England, in 1967. She gained a degree in sculpture from Winchester School of Art, but went on to have a long career in marketing and didn't start writing until she was forty. She has written two other novels, Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize, and Swimming Lessons. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester and lives in Hampshire with her husband and two children.
English mansion? Check. Dazzling couple? Check. Yearning outsider? Now you have all the ingredients for a psychological powder keg, ready to explode during the summer of '69.--Elle, Most Anticipated Books of Fall
Fuller is a master of the quietly eerie; she's excellent at creating an aura of pervasive dread--and sustaining it till the very last page.--NYLON, Best Books of Fall
Cannily releasing clues on the way to an explosive finale, Fuller moves fluidly between the time of the story and a period 20 years later . . . The lush setting and remarkable characters make for an immersive mystery.--Publishers Weekly
A rich, dark pressure cooker of a novel that simmers with slow heat and suppressed tension.--Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10
Page by page, Fuller enchants us with prose as thick as clotted cream, only for us to realize too late that she's been ensnaring us at every turn.--The Paris Review
Fuller, a skilled stylist, is very good at letting you know Frances by degrees and at describing a setting in which the ordinary rules of life feel suspended . . . You can taste the wine, smell the musty fabrics and the overripe fruit, hear the hum of lazy insects and track the teasing suggesting that something will go terribly wrong.--The New York Times Book Review
Fuller's writing is seductive, brooding, twisty--it unsettles you quietly, slowly.--Goop, "Books That Will Make You Want to Start a Book Club"
Lovely and lush prose that only adds to the sense of dread pervading the novel . . . Bitter Orange is an absorbing exploration of the many lies we tell to others--and to ourselves.--Vulture, Best Crime Books of the Year
Bitter Orange twists and bends, arouses and agitates, like a seductive nightmare. . . . With sensations so alive on the page, you're constantly kept on your toes, attuned to the mania. You'll ask, beguiled: What's really going on here?--Entertainment Weekly
--Gabriel Tallent, New York Times bestselling author of MY ABSOLUTE DARLING