Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize: With striking originality and precision, Eden Robinson, the author of the classic Monkey Beach and winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fellowship, blends humour with heartbreak in this compelling coming-of-age novel. Everyday teen existence meets indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics, and cannibalistic river otters . . . The exciting first novel in her trickster trilogy.
Everyone knows a guy like Jared: the burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who's often wasted and wielding some kind of weapon. Jared does smoke and drink too much, and he does make the best cookies in town, and his mom is a mess, but he's also a kid who has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age, and he can't rely on anyone for consistent love and support, except for his flatulent pit bull, Baby Killer (he calls her Baby)--and now she's dead.
Jared can't count on his mom to stay sober and stick around to take care of him. He can't rely on his dad to pay the bills and support his new wife and step-daughter. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family's life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he struggles to keep everything afloat...and sometimes he blacks out. And he puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human. Mind you, ravens speak to him--even when he's not stoned.
You think you know Jared, but you don't.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Eden Robinson has a wicked talent for electrifying even the bleakest narratives—about loss, death, addicts, and sex workers—with a double shot of First Nations mythology and magical realism. In Son of a Trickster, she uses fantasy to offset the grim life story of Jared Martin, a teen who smokes pot to numb the stress of holding together his working-class family in a small indigenous community. When Jared sees visions, he can’t tell whether it’s the drugs or mystical forces at work. Robinson’s heady combination of the totally implausible and brutally real is utterly enthralling.
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Highly recommend ‘Son of a Trickster.’ This novel captures the spirit and complexities of a young Haisla/Hailzaqv wísm; who lives a typical life, but soon discovers his lineage is not so typical. A must read.
From a fan (and fellow Hailzaqv)of Eden Robinson.
Best book ever
Finished it in one sitting. Couldn't put it down and was genuinely sad when it was over.