Frances Jellico spent most of her life as a fly on the wall; she spoke only when spoken to, cared for her crazed mother devoutly, and never knew the bond of true friendship. Now, for the first time in her thirty years of life, Frances is alone and working in a secluded manor outside of London. She meets Peter and Cara - magnetic, beautiful, hedonistic and soon Franny is brought into a world of guiltless pleasure previously only conjured in her wildest of dreams. Little does she know that her new compatriots will change the outcome of her life’s story in ways she could never have imagined. Mysterious, vividly personal, and strikingly tense, Bitter Orange will bring you into a whirlwind of searingly raw human interaction that you may never escape.
- Tianna— From Tianna's Recs
October 2018 Indie Next List
“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
An NPR Best Book of the Year
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.