Sep 12, 2014 10:32 PM

As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

In my 20s I was living in London, and dating a Scotsman. A friend pulled me aside. "Read The Crow Road by Iain Banks," he told me. "It's the story of our childhood. Read this and you'll understand us."

The Crow Road is a darkly witty coming of age novel. It's set in the early '90s in a mostly realistic Scotland.

The novel opens in the voice of the hero, Prentice McHoan: "It was the day my grandmother exploded.


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