The Wasp Factory is a darkly funny book about a dysfunctional family. Frank, the protagonist, is clever but disturbed: he has some ugly secrets and spends a lot of time making small bombs and killing small animals. His father is an obsessive/compulsive recluse and his brother has just escaped from a mental institution. Banks does a good job getting inside Frank's head: his mental world is orderly and consistent even though, viewed externally, his actions range from ridiculous to criminal. Recommended.
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