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Acid Plaid: New Scottish Writing

Every young Scottish writer who’s been dubbed a Scottish Beat has only Irvine Welsh to blame — and thank. But in this bristling anthology of two dozen stories, poems, and essays, editor Harry Ritchie gets beyond the now-trendy Trainspotting genre to showcase Scottish writing as heterogeneous as it is hip: Stories span everything from adultery in Germany to marriage in Manhattan, and authors range from the established to the edgy. The only tie that binds — perfectly pitched wit — also makes Acid Plaid: New Scottish Writing a desirable Stateside import. A-

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