Son of a Trickster

Son of a Trickster

With striking originality and precision, Eden Robinson, the Giller-shortlisted author of the classic Monkey Beach and winner of the Writers Trust Engel/Findley Award, blends humour with heartbreak in this compelling coming-of-age novel. Everyday teen existence meets indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics, and cannibalistic river otter . . . 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.

Title:Son of a Trickster
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345810786
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    Son of a Trickster Reviews

  • Erin

    So, this Canadian YA novel that weaves First Nations culture was recommended by a fellow educator. It was purchased along with other books for my classroom library. It has been picked up time and time...

  • Samantha

    TW: drug and alcohol abuse; child abuse and neglect; suicide attempt; self harmThis was not at all what I was expecting from the synopsis. This reads more like a contemporary YA novel about a teen wit...

  • Krista

    The world is hard. You have to be harder. Author Eden Robinson calls Son of a Trickster “a cognitive screwball gothic with working class people”, and that's too precisely perfect a description ...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    Son of a Trickster just came out after too many years without any new fiction from Eden Robinson. This novel is SO worth the wait. It’s about Jared, a sixteen-year-old burnout who drinks too much an...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Son of a Trickster is a 2020 Canada reads finalist that battled in Canada’s battle of the books for "The one book to bring focus to Canada." It is the third book I have read of the five finalists ch...

  • Lata

    3.5 to 4ish stars.I've never read anything by Eden Robinson before, so this was a pleasant surprise. Jared, the main character, lives with his mother. His parents have split up, and his father, a reco...

  • Matthew Quann

    Guys, there's no review I hate writing more than that of a book that's disappointed me. I had been really looking forward to getting down with Canadian-fantasy novel Son of a Trickster, which promised...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    To call this novel a coming of age story is a bit of a misdirection. It has elements of that but there is a lot more going on. I'm still a bit confused by this novel, honestly. Jared is a first nation...

  • Mari

    My full review and some discussion of similar titles. 4.5 starsWhy you may not like this book: There are several "make or break" elements present in Son of a Trickster. It is character driven and d...

  • Kara Babcock

    Second review: March 8, 2019I picked up Trickster Drift when it came out, but I knew I wanted to re-read Son of a Trickster to refresh my memory before I started the sequel. I’m really glad I di...