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Daring To Eat A Peach

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Fiction. Denton Pike, a divorced translator, is stuck, stalled in a moment of inertia...until the reappearance of his old friend, Peter, a roving journalist, sets into motion a series of watershed events. Denton and his handful of thirty-something friends each face a choice: Seize the day and change your surroundings or bite your lip and perpetuate the status quo. This ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published November 28th 2010 by Atticus Books
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Pauline
Dec 18, 2010 Pauline rated it it was amazing
Fatally flawed people are plentiful. But some people have flaws that make them unique and interesting in that they rise above the common mass of screw-ups, and fail in elegantly profound ways.

So begins Joseph Zeppetello’s novel, Daring to Eat a Peach, chronicling the lives of four seemingly ordinary people brought together by life’s choices and accidents, kept together by the intricacies of love and loss, and separated by the lack of anything permanent in the world. It’s a story that doesn’t beg
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Erin
Sep 26, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
As the lives of the characters in Daring to Eat a Peach drift together and pull apart, they bump each other–often unintentionally–onto different courses. Is it luck, fate, or something else that changes the paths of their lives? And is it for the better, or is it just the way things are?

Daring to Eat a Peach was a very interesting novel. I kept waiting for something big to happen, for the story to follow a traditional trajectory of beginning, middle, climax, end. And yet, it never really worked
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Grady
Dec 14, 2010 Grady rated it it was amazing
Joseph Zeppetello and the Echoes of J. Alfred Prufrock

One of the most satisfying subjects for a novel is to recreate the spirit of a great work of literature in a wholly new fashion. It is difficult to believe that DARING TO EAT A PEACH is a first noel for author Joseph Zeppetello, so polished is the prose, so succinct the manner of communicating many characters in their interaction with members of their past and their present, so satisfying is the story he gradually unfolds. There is a reason f
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Ingrid Lola
Dec 18, 2010 Ingrid Lola rated it really liked it
When I recognized the allusion to "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" in the title of this book, it immediately caught my attention. I ended up really enjoying this book. I appreciated Zeppetello's wit and subtle, sarcastic humor. It's kind of like when you first meet someone, they make a certain joke that you particularly think is funny, and then you think, "OK, this guy is cool." That's how I felt about Zeppetello reading the first few pages of this book. I loved his subtlety. He makes lots ...more
Susie
This review was originally posted at InsatiableBooksluts.com with a rating of 2.67 literary translators working under a playboy pig.

A copy of this book was provided by Atticus Books.

In theory,Daring to Eat a Peach was a great fit for me. Right off the bat is the reference to "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot, which is one of my favorite poems of all-time.I also love a book about someone who is so interestingly fucked-up that he spawned an whole book's worth of adventures. Add i
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Tim
Aug 02, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
A good book about holding on to things in your life when maybe you should let them go. Philosophically it reminded me of FORREST GUMP, and the main characters reminded me of the characters from SIDEWAYS.
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