As the choir from Our Lady of Perpetual Succor for Girls, in rural Scotland, is bussed into the big city to participate in the national singing finals, five of the teenage schoolgirls let loose for a night of pub crawling, shoplifting, and body piercing. And, since a nuclear submarine has just anchored in the bay, the local nightclub will be full of sailors on leave. After a bout of preparatory drinking, the girls are ready for their big night-and what a night it will become. An outrageous tale of adolescent debauchery, The Sopranos opens the lid on desire and excess in all its grim glory. A huge bestseller in England, it is a remarkable mix of near-violent energy and tender compassion, and confirms Warner, the writer ""who defines the '90s as clearly as Ian McEwan defined the '70s and Jay MacInerney the '80s"" (Time Out) as ""the best of the new Scottish writing"" (Salon).
""Hilarious and brilliantly written . . . The Sopranos is a tour de force. Savage, crude and unexpectedly tender.""-San Francisco Chronicle ""
Alan Warner is burning brighter than the August midday sun over the Isle of Skye, and the reasons are clear enough. . . . It's a deliciously naughty tale.""-Paper
""A writer of massive talent . . . While the novel's drunken scenes are hysterical and the dialogue hits every mark, [it is] marked by a sad tenderness for these spirited girls on the cusp of an uncertain adulthood. One wonders how a male writer managed to enter that peculiar world with such authority. . . . Brilliant.""-Time Out