About The Book
While Hank struggles with his lack of professional success, his wife Jenny, feeling stuck and beset by an urge to do good, becomes ensnared in a dangerous correspondence with a prison inmate called John. Letter by letter, John pinches Jenny awake from the “marshmallow numbness” of her life. The children, meanwhile, unwittingly disturb the foundations of their home life with forays into the dark net and strange geological experiments.
Jenny’s bid for freedom takes a sour turn when she becomes the go-between for John and his wife, and develops an unnatural obsession for the orange glue that seals his letters…
In some books you know what to expect from the beginning, others, are a total surprise from the beginning till the end. You don’t know what the book will bring you but you can’t stop reading and wondering what will happen next. This is the case of “Love Orange”, an American family portrait, with humor, reality doses and technology in which any reader will feel a little bit represented on the story.
The Tinkley’s are the typical American family, they have their marital problems, the children spend more time playing games than talking and they live in a smart house. But hey, they all go together to the church every Sunday where they send their sins to a mobile!
This is a slow burning story, everything will start when Jenny will start writing letters to a prison inmate, she will start facing the reality of her life and will share her inner thoughts and dreams with him. This is not a romantic story, this is a way to show the reader the emptiness that we sometimes feel as technology addiction grows and lets us to missing the social communication we are used to without even noticing.
I loved this story; the author, Natasha Randall, has done an amazing job to share the reader the fears we have sometimes as a family; not being good parents, the relation between all the members of the family, eating too healthy… A curious reflection of our society and how technology is leading our self isolation.
This is a dazzling read, addictive and real, let yourself fall in love with orange, you’ll get addicted! ?
About The Author
Natasha Randall is a literary translator whose translations include Notes from an Underground by Dostoyevsky, A Hero of Our Time by Lermontov, and We by Zamyatin. She has edited a volume of Gogol for Riverrun, Quercus. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the TLS, LA Review and the NYT. She lives in London with her husband and young children.