The Art of Peeling an Orange

  • by Victoria Avilan
  • Narrated by Christine Williams
  • 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Carly Rosen is jilted on the eve of her wedding, she embarks on a startling journey of self-discovery. This gender-bending, risque retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in sizzling West Hollywood, echoes the ancient story of the lovers in the Underworld.
What do you do when the love of your life has eloped with another woman on the eve of your wedding? The other woman is a famous beauty named Anna Garibaldi, and their love story is splashed all over the tabloids, making you die inside. To add insult to injury, the one who has abandoned you dies unexpectedly, having left you a cryptic text message suggesting that you were always the one and only. Where do you go from here for solace, for justice?
If you are Carly Rosen, a portrait artist with huge imagination, you use your art to charm your way into the life and inner circle of the alluring Anna Garibaldi, whose seductive and secretive underworld is nothing you could have expected. You say goodbye to life as you know it and take a breathless ride down to the depths of the Land of the Dead, to where passions and dangers await you and nothing is as it seems. Don't forget a coin for the ferryman. Bon Voyage!

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Customer Reviews

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I wish I could rate the parts

This book starts slow and i sort of wanted to give up, and then it locked up, and took a couple of interesting twists. The author's technical ability to write is in my opinion very good. She concours up scenes and emotions really well.

I just couldn't like anyone in this one - maybe the sister, she seemed pretty real until she gets tangled up with someone she doesn't seem she would ever really tolerate. So then I began to dislike her too.

There were times I didn't like the book because it was so dark, people filled with self loathing and narcissism. Then it would catch my interest, and then that would wane.

It was too long, too drawn out for me. I rated it a three because sometimes it was a solid 4 and then a 1, and then and then....

But I will finish with this, there movies and books that I walk away from, and think wow I didn't really like that too much, but then months and even years later I'm still talking about the book
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- J. Coleman

Sublime moments

Interesting characters and sublime moments kept me involved in this story. I didn't love it as much as I loved A Small Country About To Vanish (also by Victoria Avilan), but scenes like the title event, the peeling of an orange, became trancendental. Descriptions of art, and of places had great depth. The relationships often required more suspension of disbelief than I could afford.
The voices of the characters were not well-differentiated by the reader, whose tones carried more than a modicum of haughtiness - more than the story required in my opinion.
Overall, a good and well-written story.
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- BashaReads

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2016
  • Publisher: Shaggy Dog Stories