Blackden by Duncan McLean
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A wickedly offbeat look at a Scottish Holden Caulfield trying to make his way out of his small, native village even as he pursues sex, laughs, and a witches' Sabbath.

Duncan McLean has been called "Scotland's answer to Roddy Doyle" (Cosmopolitan), but he has his own unique, scruffy voice full of quirky humor and surreal images.

In the highland town of Blackden, things have gotten overheated despite being overtaken by the chill of winter. Inside the head of eighteen-year-old Patrick Hunter, an auctioneer's assistant, the blood is boiling. Fueled by a potent mix of yankee doodle pie and beer, Patrick spends a November weekend on his own when his off-balanced mother goes to the city. Racing around the hills and dens of his hometown, he is half in escape from worn-out friends, drudging work, and painful memories, and half in pursuit of a girl, his father's ghost, and a new life. "Brilliantly funny: fast, sharp, constant banter, even when the narrator is only talking to himself."—Times Literary Supplement "A hilarious and touching insight into the mind of a young man, balanced between naivety and maturity."—The List

About Duncan McLean

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Duncan McLean is the author of Bucket of Tongues , Bunker Man , and Lone Star Swing . He lives on the island of Orkney.
Published September 12, 1994 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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