Son of A Trickster

Son of A Trickster

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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780345810786
Characteristics: 316 pages ;,24 cm.

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JessicaGma Jan 16, 2018

It's a different read, and I had no idea it has been Giller nominated when I saw it suggested. I'll be curious to see where the story goes if it is indeed part of a larger trilogy. I liked the mix of realism and magic, and Jared is stuck trying to navigate the two. I'll definitely pick up sequels!

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pspice
Jan 08, 2018

Wonderful, excellent, funny. I enjoyed this world immensely even though it is so far away from my own reality. Sarcastic humour rules!

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dnl84
Dec 27, 2017

Exciting and ground breaking Indigenous lit! First Eden Robinson book for me and can't wait for the second Trickster series book. Jared was my favourite character in a long time -I'm a sucker for a hyper-responsible teenager protagonist. I was expecting some of the content, like alcoholism and broken families as the legacy of colonialism, but that was even told in a way that I would have loved it even without the amazing magic and myth combination that picks up as the book progresses. I love her sense of humour in the midst of serious stuff as well. These are stories that have been waiting to be told. Huychqua, Eden!

squib Dec 25, 2017

On the surface this seems one thing, as the story progresses, it becomes something else, and by the end, I'm not entirely sure what this story is. It's more complex than it appears, and doesn't wrap up all its narrative threads in a neat little package (why should it?).
What really speaks for this particular story is how much of it lingers after reading.
Thank you Eden Robinson. Please keep writing.

liljables Oct 31, 2017

This coming-of-age story is many things. It's heartbreaking, it's funny, it's utterly real. This story is also the best example of magical realism that I've read in ages. The strange events in Jared's life are woven seamlessly into his otherwise mundane existence, and the adults from whom he seeks help are entirely unsurprised by them. I recommend you read this novel with the same attitude: take the weird stuff as it comes, and you'll be glad you did.

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abcDena
Aug 13, 2017

So, Son of a #Trickster. I'd read anything with trickster in the title. It takes me back to #fairytale seminars, #Bettelheim, olde #Europa and #myths. Myths, the tapestry of life. Anyway, once you pop -- an #Indigenous writer -- you can't stop. I only gave this 3 stars because I'll never give a YA novel 5 stars as an adult, sue me! But 3 stars is great for this magical-realistic novel about a young #Native boy in #Western #Canada who is wading through his parents' divorce and the loss of his father to a "new family", as he and his mother stay on a reservation. Jared's struggles aren't extraordinary, but typical of your teen years: #sex, #drugs, and fitting in. But so much of what Jared experiences and expresses is drug-laced, which is where Eden Robinson's writing really comes to life, as she weaves elements of the #FirstNations #mythical and #mystical into the #story, while reminding us we are still reading about people who aren't that different from us. Working class, #Canadian, trying to put together what's broken, or at least numb out and forget what is already gone. Warning to you delicate orchid types: I remember reading the c-word a few times and there's a lot of #alcohol and #drug use. Apparently this is book #1 in an impending trilogy, but the second and third instalments aren't expected to be #published until 2019 and 2021 respectively. Holy cannoli, what year is it???

TechLibrarian Jul 20, 2017

Maybe it's not as great as Monkey Beach, but I really enjoyed Son of a Trickster and recommend it as a summer read, especially to others in B.C. Stick with it if you're not feeling it for the first little while, the legend of the trickster only reveals itself in the latter half of the book. That's why I like it so much though, Robinson weaves a modern story line together with the traditional.

dreadful74 Jul 19, 2017

I was waiting looking forward to this one but alas very disappointing. I was hoping the last half would redeem itself but I found myself liking it less and less with each page. I'll give some of her earlier stuff a go and see if I enjoy that better.

ontherideau Jul 08, 2017

There must be a good story in here however the constant substance abuse and coarse language is tedious.

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sdanyluk
May 11, 2017

This was my first book my Eden Robinson and it was awesome!! I hope there are sequels !!

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vickiz
Nov 12, 2017

Jared hadn't thought anything could be worse than almost being eaten by otters, but he was wrong.

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