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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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

A Fantastic Experience!

What did you love best about The Art of Peeling an Orange?

I loved everything about this book! I know I will listen to it time and time again.


What other book might you compare The Art of Peeling an Orange to and why?

I'd compare this story to The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters in terms of the feel and atmosphere as well as the twists and turns of the plot.


Any additional comments?

I just finished listening to The Art of Peeling an Orange last night--and started it again this morning--and WOW! What a great book. It was exquisitely written, superbly paced, and the characters so well drawn, I feel like they are people in my life.. It truly is one of the best books I've read in a VERY long time. I do have to say, for my sentimental heart, I appreciated the alternate ending, but having said that, I also feel it simply made it a different book, not a better one. The original ending, whereas it was unexpected and left some grieving to be done, was powerful and gave the story the element of a reminder that not all stories in life end happily by conventional standards.

Victoria Avilan is a fantastic writer. She conveys the characters and details of the plot in such beautiful writing and depth that I couldn’t stop once I started. There are so many different experiences that she portrays in ways that make the reader feel the experience rather than simply read about it—art, from the artist’s perspective; the torment of perceived betrayal; heartbreak; the all-consumption of love; the destructive nature of secrets; to name just a few. There is one element in particular that I found so vividly accurate from my own experience, but if I mention it directly, a significant plot point would be revealed. So I won’t. Suffice it to say, Avilan definitely has a gift.

I highly recommend this book to readers who love the rich texture of a deep, well told story. Now, back to my second time through The Art of Peeling an Orange.

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- Jeannie

Book Details

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