Malcolm Orange Disappears

Jan Carson

Fresh new novel introduces us to eleven-year-old Malcom Orange as he struggles to cope with an absent father, an increasingly absent mother, and a childhood spent travelling the highways of America in the back seat of an ancient Volkswagen.
Date Published :
August 2014
Publisher :
Liberties Press
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ISBN : 9781909718319
Pages : 224
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The novel opens one week after Mr. Orange abandons his family in a pay-by-the-week motel on the outskirts of Portland and takes off for Mexico. Mrs. Orange is devastated and depressed, possibly still suffering the side effects of giving birth to Malcolm’s newborn brother Ross in the parking lot of a shopping mall. Malcolm is delighted, anticipating his first permanent home. He coerces his unresponsive mother into taking a job at a local retirement village and as part of her pay the family are allowed to move into Chalet 13, becoming the youngest residents on a cul-de-sac of elderly individuals and couples, each with their own story of loss and survival to share. Two weeks after moving into Chalet 13, Malcolm finds himself covered in tiny, rapidly enlarging holes; he concludes that he is literally disappearing. As his mother is so traumatized that she has lost her grip on English and cannot bring herself to touch her own children. Malcolm is forced to employ the assistance of his elderly neighbors as he embarks upon a quest to find an antidote before he disappears completely.

About The Author

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts development officer currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was a recipient of the Arts Council NI's Artist's Career Enhancement Bursary in 2014 and programmes the popular Literary Lunchtime series of readings at the Ulster Hall. Jan has had two short plays produced by Belfast-based theatre companies and writes reviews and articles for Culture NI. Jan's first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears was published in June 2014. Her short stories have been published in Literary Journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Honest Ulsterman, Storm Cellar, the Bohemyth, the Incubator and Gone Lawn.


"The best debut novel I've read in years."

- Ian Samson

"At its best, Malcolm Orange Disappears reminds the reader of Kurt Vonnegut and other masters of the absurd - Carson can be very, very funny."

- The Sunday Business Post

"A highly original book; very quirky."

- Irish Examiner

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