Imagine Richard Yates becoming fascinated by Donald Antrim before writing Revolutionary Road and you'll have some idea of Love Orange. At turns funny, discomfiting, and darkly harrowing, Randall's debut is real life inscribed upon the page. The classic American family of countless TV dramas and comedies is here fractured against the hard fulcrum of the current age. One of the most satisfying novels you will read this year. This book rules.
'In Love Orange we see the American nuclear family in meltdown, a phenomenon Natasha Randall describes with wisdom, wit, and a lot of heart. I enjoyed every minute of it' Chris Power, author of Mothers
As an acclaimed translator of Russian novels, Natasha Randall has a fine-tuned sense of the absurd, and a wonderfully original way of seeing the world. A stunningly accurate portrayal of American society, shining with vivid dialogue and observation
[T]he first novel by this acclaimed translator is an exuberant, comic, irresistibly dark examination of contemporary anxieties
An exquisite balance of humour and pathos...The setting and plot ofLove Orange is extremely well crafted
Randall throws satirical light on everything from opioid addictions to the domination of modern technology in this exuberant and contemporary novel.
The translator Natasha Randall's debut novel is a keenly observed account of the travails of an apparently normal American family . . . Hugely ambitious
Translator Randall makes her fiction debut with this assured and funny story of an American family in crisis trying to hide behind their new "smart" home.
I was . . . hooked by this comedic take on the modern American family
I loved the rich emotional mayhem of Natasha Randall's Love Orange.
Love Orange is narrated in a close third-person from multiple points of view, artfully moving between the characters to build an absorbing story. Randall depicts the very contemporary struggles of the Tinkley family with empathy. And her wry humour leavens the serious topics she tackles: the prison system, gender roles, the perils of intrusive technology and the slippery slope of addiction - whether one reaches for drugs or devices for relief from the "marshmallow numbness" of daily life.