Seth Harrington can be invisible or undetectable, but he is not a superhero. The ability only works in morally grey situations; the rest of the time, he can’t turn it on and off at will. He can use a movie ticket stub to buy a coffee or a one-dollar bill to pay for a cell phone. He can stop muggings in plain sight, unseen, but only with worse violence. But this only adds to his confusion about his place in the world. Still reeling from the horrors of the September 11 terrorist attacks and ambivalent about his future, Seth is at a crossroads: Can he be one of the good guys by doing bad things, or are his newfound powers part of someone else’s malevolent agenda? There are no easy answers or expected outcomes in Marshall Moore’s exploration of urban life and the ways that people can disappear.
Bitter Orange is a dark wonder. Like Palahniuk at his best, Moore makes the impossible seem credible, grounding the fantastical elements of his tale with the foibles of human frailty. His characters live and breathe, and they will carry you along on this amazing, bizarre, and ultimately disturbing journey.
– Lee Thomas, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The German and Ash Street
With Bitter Orange, Marshall Moore gives us a queer Crimes and Misdemeanors, darkly witty and equally wise.
– Tom Cardamone, author of Green Thumb and editor of The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
Marshall Moore has created a fully realized character in Seth Harrington, whose ennui has rendered him nearly motionless. The inner monologue and introspection explode once Seth realizes he has the power of invisibility and psychic projection, but this character study of a hipster in crisis is quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before. More than just a “superhero” story, Bitter Orange examines how urban life, past tragedy, seemingly inconsequential choices, and things left unsaid can alter one’s trajectory.
– Collin Kelley, author of Conquering Venus and Remain In Light
Author: Marshall Moore
Publisher: Signal 8 Press
Publication date: March 24, 2013
Print edition: 5.5″ x 8.5″ perfect bound trade paperback
Page count: 194
Price (paper): US$16.95
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF
Word count: 50,000
Price (e-book): US$7.99