by Eden Robinson
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Pub Date 02 Oct 2018 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2018
Penguin Random House Canada, Knopf Canada
In an effort to keep all forms of magic at bay, Jared, 17, has quit drugs and drinking. But his troubles are not over: now he's being stalked by David, his mom's ex--a preppy, khaki-wearing psycho with a proclivity for rib-breaking. And his mother, Maggie, a living, breathing badass as well as a witch, can't protect him like she used to because he's moved away from Kitimat to Vancouver for school.
Even though he's got a year of sobriety under his belt (no thanks to his enabling, ever-partying mom), Jared also struggles with the temptation of drinking. And he's got to get his grades up, find a job that doesn't involve weed cookies, and somehow live peacefully with his Aunt Mave, who has been estranged from the family ever since she tried to "rescue" him as a baby from his mother. An indigenous activist and writer, Mave smothers him with pet names and hugs, but she is blind to the real dangers that lurk around them--the spirits and supernatural activity that fill her apartment.
As the son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic, whether he hates it or not--he sees ghosts, he sees the monster moving underneath his Aunt Georgina's skin, he sees the creature that comes out of his bedroom wall and creepily wants to suck his toes. He also still hears the Trickster in his head, and other voices too. When the David situation becomes a crisis, Jared can't ignore his true nature any longer.
PRAISE FOR SON OF A TRICKSTER, FIRST OF THE TRICKSTER TRILOGY:
Shortlisted for the Sunburst Award (Adult Category) 
Finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize 
Nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award 
Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 
“A novel that shimmers with magic and vitality, featuring a compelling narrator, somewhere between Holden Caulfield and Harry Potter. Just when you think Jared’s teenage journey couldn’t be more grounded in gritty, grinding reality, his addled perceptions take us into a realm beyond his small town life, somewhere both seductive and dangerous. Energetic, often darkly funny, sometimes poignant, this is a book that will resonate long after the reader has devoured the final page.” —2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury (André Alexis, Anita Rau Badami, Lynn Coady and Richard Beard)
“Eden Robinson at her untidy best.” —The Globe and Mail
“Bursting with glee, exuberance, and wit. . . . This trilogy could shape up to be the new Canadian canon in the making.” —Literary Review of Canada
“Only Eden Robinson could make a reader fall in love with a smart-ass, alcoholic, drug-dealing sixteen-year-old. Through protagonist Jared and his dysfunctional family, Robinson teaches us about a kind of love outside of the norm of greeting cards and family sitcoms. Son of a Trickster is a ribald narrative, irreverent and surreal and hilarious and messy. But don’t let the unruly humour fool you—the book also offers a serious contribution to current conversations about decolonization.” —Quill & Quire
“Son of a Trickster is a timely, darkly humourous deep dive into the complexity of family, community and, of course, good ol’ fashioned Ind’en magic! . . . Son of a Trickster is a book whose time is now because it peels back the curtain to look at . . . the complex, messy efforts of rebuilding Indigenous life in a post-residential-school era, under the weight of colonialism, in small town anywhere-in-Canada. . . . Eden Robinson’s characters reflect the weight of the past as they struggle in the present to find a way into the future. . . . Robinson bends genres, twisting our minds with Jared’s sometimes violent and complicated family life, and opens the doorway to the belief that sometimes a little magic can help us, but it can also hurt us. I’m willing to take the pain in order to discover the magic Eden Robinson presents us here.” —Ryan McMahon, CBC News
“Eden Robinson is a writer with a magical touch. Crisp prose, taut dialogue and a cast of maniacal characters you sure as hell don’t want living next door.” —Thomas King, author of The Back of the Turtle and The Inconvenient Indian
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