Rotten Peaches is a gripping epic filled with disturbing and unforgettable insights into the human condition. Love, lust, race and greed. How far will you go? Two women. Two men. One happy ending. It takes place in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Nature or nurture. South Africa, racism and old prejudices — these are hardly old topics but what happens when biological half-siblings meet with insidious intentions? Can their moral corruption be blamed on genetics — were they born rotten to begin with? And what happens when they meet up with more of their ilk? What further havoc can be wreaked, with devastating familial consequences?
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About the Author
Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has lived in Canada since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has lived in the U.S.A., Australia and Britain. No Fury Like That, her most recently published work, is her seventh novel. It will be published in Italian, under the title Una furia dell'altro mondo, in 2019. Previous works include: The Hungry Mirror (winner 2011 IPPY Gold Medal); West of Wawa (winner 2012 IPPY Silver Medal); A Glittering Chaos (winner 2016 Bronze IPPY Medal ; The Witchdoctor’s Bones; Between The Cracks She Fell (winner 2016 for Contemporary Fiction); and The Nearly Girl. Lisa lives and writes in Toronto. Her ninth novel, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution is forthcoming in 2019.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Written with brutal transparency, Rotten Peaches reveals the side of humanity so many want to remain hidden. While taking place across three continents and told from alternating points of view, Rotten Peaches touches on themes that most shy away from - love, lust, race, and greed...nature vs. nurture.Rotten Peaches, though dark, gritty, and raw, is definitely a book I recommend to readers who are seeking fiction that will stimulate discussion. Material Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The title (derived from the Elton John song of the same name) refers to outside beauty hiding the ugliness within. It’s an apt description for all four of the main characters: two ambitious women and the (wrong) men they fall for. Leonie, a chemist whose beauty cream promises more than it delivers, is having an affair with JayRay, a charismatic conman in pursuit of easy riches. He has his sights set on his half-sister Bernice, a self-help writer who is having an affair with political activist Dirk. They’re all hiding secrets and anti-social tendencies, and you never know what they’ll do next. The book is full of unexpected actions and revelations and, even though they are all despicable characters, you’ll find that you just can’t look away from this train wreck. It makes you wonder how much of an impact parents have in determining their children’s behavior as adults. Check out the real-life version of Bernice’s book, "Bake Your Way to Happiness", by Lisa de Nikolits in association with psychotherapist Marilyn Riesz and food editor Gilean Watts. Warnings: coarse language, sexual references, sex scenes, excessive alcohol consumption, infidelity, violence. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post and giveaway (8 February): https://www.booksdirectonline.com/2019/02/rotten-peaches-by-lisa-de-nikolits.html