Calla is struggling to make a living as a writer in post-Great Recession New York. Seeking the paradoxical equilibrium between freedom and security, she impulsively leaves for Los Angeles—and finds herself in a swirling array of distractions, pleasures, connections, and breakdowns. Natasha Young’s quick-witted, kaleidoscopic debut novel will take you to the heart of despair in Brooklyn and leave you blissfully disassociated in the mythical hills of Los Angeles.
Natasha Young is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York, by way of Los Angeles, California and Montréal, Québec. Before that, she grew up on the wooded coast of Maine. Her first novel, Static Flux, was published in 2018 by Metatron Press. Her essays, journalism, literary reviews, and cultural criticism appear in publications including Artforum, The Believer, VICE, Real Life, The New Inquiry, Adult Magazine, and more.
“Static Flux is a vivid portrait of what it means to make art in the face of uncertainty, melancholy, imposter syndrome, and the desire to drive off a cliff. Natasha Young maneuvers through her narrator’s ennui with precision and grace.”
- Chelsea Hodson, author of Tonight I'm Someone Else
"Static Flux is a satire that glows as much as it burns—a trancelike meditation on comfort and anxiety, gender, and class, where twenty first century cities are playgrounds and traps. It’s elegant and fast, ranges from coast to coast, made me feel like Southern California deserves to be its own country, New York is still a dark empire, that the laws of physics might be responsible for my emotional state."
- Maxwell Neely-Cohen, author of Echo of the Boom
TANK Magazine | "I recently read a book about the anxiety of being a contemporary writer but it didn’t mention working or anything to do with money. I found [Static Flux] a much more relatable depiction of that era, rather than a promotion of a fantasy that doesn’t exist."