Omigod, that's awful. And kind of funny, too.
Update: I was able to buy the trilogy on eBay for under $10. If anyone is interested, I'm happy to share. But see my post above...like Chris Bohjalian, the subject matter is gritty and seedy, except it's set in Glasgow and London rather than New York and Vermont.
For a mind-palate cleanser, I think Anne of Green Gables is my next read.