Six women. One man. Seven secrets. One could ruin them all.
Kit is a twenty-five-year-old archaeology undergrad, who doesn't like to get her hands dirty. Life seems purposeless. But if she could track down her father, Roger, maybe her perspective would change.
The only problem—Roger is as rotten as the decomposing oranges in her back yard according to the women in her life: Ailish, her mother—an English literature professor who communicates in quotes and clichés, and who still hasn't learned how to express emotion on her face; Ivy, her half-sister—a depressed archaeologist, with a slight case of nymphomania, who fled to America after a divorce to become a waitress; and Eleanor, Ivy's mother—a paediatric surgeon who embellishes her feelings with medical jargon, and named her daughter after "Intravenous."
Against all three women's wishes, Kit decides to find Roger. Enter a sister Kit never knew about. But everyone else did.
About the Author
Jessica is also the Co-Founder and Publisher of Vine Leaves Press & Literary Journal, a singer/songwriter/guitarist, a voice-over actor, and a freelance editor and writer for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide such as Macmillan Education and Education First.
Before she started writing she was just a young woman with a "useless" Bachelor of Arts degree and a waitressing job.
Visit Jessica's website: jessicabellauthor.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Promising but didn't deliver. Did I enjoy this book: I wanted to but it just didn’t do it for me. The story has promise but the delivery fell short. Bitter Like Orange Peel is a look at a “family” — 3 different women, 3 daughters, 1 man — and how they all relate, react, and coexist with each other while hiding secrets from each other. It was a raw, gritty look at this type of situation. It was interesting and, as I said above, has a lot of promise. However, there are some issues that made me want to put it down without finishing it. First, there are quite a few mentions of the characters’ groins and crotches. I do not understand the point of so many. It was rather uncomfortable. I read about sweat dripping on Kit’s crotch, how Brian spilled coffee on his groin, and that one guy’s scrotum looked like melted fudge. Too much information. And if that wasn’t too much, I also learned about one of the mom’s hairy armpits and about Kit’s unshaven knees. As well as furry teeth and knotted hair — all of the women experienced these at some point. Too much information. This is not needed and really turned me off. Another perplexing part, Ivy does drugs. So does Kit’s mom. Fine, whatever, it just didn’t seem to fit the characters. I guess that goes to you don’t know people until you really get to know them, but I just didn’t see it. And the ending, the big build up to this one moment, fell short. It was too rushed, too incomplete, too many questions left unanswered and unexplained. I kept reading because I wanted to see the resolution. This was not expected and was a bit of a let down. Would I recommend it: I would not recommend this book. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Atwood fans, take note! As a musician and poet, you should expect gorgeous writing from Jessica Bell! But not just that, it's a unique story. Yes, it's a slow build, a quiet novel, but if you're looking for something different, intelligent, thought-provoking, you've come to the right place. A great read--love it~ <3
Family issues are frequently a minefield of emotions and those emotions are sometimes of the very negative sort. Bitter Like Orange Peel is an interesting study of the dynamics of a family connected only through the actions of one man whose behavior causes ramifications he has never considered. Two women and their respective daughters have a years-long friendship even though one of the women was Roger’s wife and the other was his mistress. Eleanor accepted Ailish years past so that the two half-sisters, Ivy and Kit, could grow up knowing and loving each other. Such altruism is certainly not to be expected but makes Eleanor an admirable woman this reader would like to know even though she is also rather remote, almost standoff-ish. This relationship among the four is disturbed when the two younger women decide to find Roger and, along the way, learn much more than they bargained for. This more-or-less comfortable family is about to be shaken from its static and unreliable foundations. Many readers will find themselves relating to all these very diverse characters in one way or another and will be especially cognizant of the fallout that can come to light many years after the behavior that started it all. The one reaction I can almost guarantee is that there will be no love for Roger.
This story starts with the relationship of two woman, half-sisters and blossoms to the intertwining story of six women. Through life they’ve all been dealing with a mutual betrayal of one man, but unknowingly to some they’ve been betrayed even further. Life has been good in some ways to them but in other ways they each have moments of weakness that shape their lives into something not quite fitting of who really are. The loss of the man in their life has reshaped their attitudes, indiscretions and has created a bit of chaos in a way to cover the emotional impact he left on them. This story had its ups and downs. The book started off strong, pulled me in, but lost its steam not that far in. So much going on, the change of POVs was dizzying and distracting. There was an entrance of certain characters that just really didn’t need to be there. A set of family that really didn’t add that much to the story itself. The hush-hush secrets that really didn’t play out well. In the end I just didn’t feel there was a closure to the multitude of different stories going on and left me wondering what exactly the point was the author was trying to reach. I did enjoy the different stories going on, the different lives of the individuals and how they intersected with the others. How one action set off a domino effect from one character to another. The vulnerabilities were well played out and the strength of some shone through brightly. This book is a good fit for those who like to read about dysfunctional families and the outcomes of choices. This book would be enjoyed by those who read not only Adult but also New Adult fiction because they characters, who are adults, in some ways have the maturity levels of those younger than them when it comes to handle relationships and life’s crazy turning of events.