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Bitter Orange (Hardcover)
I never thought I would cry over octopuses! But this book is an absolute moving marvel of naturalism, memoir, and a reflection on human consciousness and relationships. Sy Montgomery spent years at the New England Aquarium studying their giant pacific octopuses and intermixes the stories of these amazing creatures unlike any other creatures on earth (did you know octopuses taste with their skin?) with the very human stories of the people who work with them, and what their relationships with each other and their octopuses can teach us about humans and animals. In spite of being sure this book was not for me, I was totally captivated by it. Moving and charming and so informative. Get it now!
-Mackenzie, events coordinator
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.