Read Son of a Trickster Online Free - 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|
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February 07, 2017
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 for me not to just quote her. As the coming-of-age story of a sixteen-year-old Native kid, Jared Martin...
March 14, 2017
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 recovering drug addict, has a new family. Jared's mother is scary, and has hurt various boyfriends fo...
March 10, 2017
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 and smokes too much pot and lives on the rez with his mom, who he can’t trust to not bail on him and...
February 10, 2017
Son of a Trickster came across my Twitter feed one day and I knew I had to read it. I’m trying to read more books by Indigenous authors, and this one looked really good. Sure enough, it’s a smart and savvy novel that delivers great characters and dialogue, never compromising on its message while...
November 01, 2016
Definite contender for Giller 2017 (yes, I know Giller 2016 hasn't even been announced yet). More thoughtful review to come.
February 10, 2017
Last year, I read only one magical realism novel and I lamented the fact that I hadn’t found more. This year, I’m starting with one in the hopes that it will bring more my way! Wishful thinking, maybe, but it certainly can’t hurt.
First, much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the...
April 20, 2017
I have to admit that I almost did not buy a copy of Son of a Trickster! I am ok with swearing and graphic language but really struggle with that “c”word which is sprinkled throughout the first chapter. During the author event at Laurier University, I cringe...
September 18, 2017
My thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and the publishers for giving me a copy of this enjoyable book. I've never read this author before but will look for her books in future. I liked her writing style, the story was engaging, and the characters were fabulous.
December 12, 2017
This is a coming of age novel about 16 year old Jared growing up in British Columbia. Jared’s isn’t a normal life for a 16 year old. As he struggles to complete his exam year at school his family crumble around him through drug abuse, alcoholism and crime. His friends at school offer some release...
November 26, 2017
I loved this book - it was emotionally dense, hilarious, smart, tender - just really good. And different parts of it keep coming back to me, in ways that show how well-crafted it is.