Review: Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Published in the U.S. by Tin House Books on October 9, 2018.

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Bitter Orange, Claire Fuller’s third novel, is a literary mystery that fans of Sarah WatersDaphne Du Maurier, and Shirley Jackson won’t want to miss. Fuller’s first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction and her second, Swimming Lessons, was a 2017 Book of the Month selection.

The narrator of Fuller’s new novel, Frances Jellicot, is in her 60s in ailing health. Bits and pieces of her memories from a few fateful weeks in her past are scattered through her conversation with a visitor, as are hints about her current living situation. The tale she tells is of a love triangle gone wrong (do those ever go right?) in the creepiest of places, a decaying English country manor that has sat empty since World War II, during which the Army requisitioned it.

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