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Trickster Drift
By (author): Eden Robinson
9780735273436 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Oct 02, 2018
$32.00 CAD
Active 6.32 x 9.29 x 1.28 in 384 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
BC Book Prize's Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize 2019, Winner Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour 2019, Long-listed Sunburst Award For Excellence In Canadian Literature Of The Fantastic 2019, Long-listed
Following the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted Son of a Trickster comes Trickster Drift, the second book in Eden Robinson’s captivating Trickster trilogy.

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.

Story Locale: Kitimat, BC; Vancouver, BC

2017 WAS A MAJOR YEAR FOR EDEN: Shortlisted for the Giller Prize and Winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fellowship

UNFORGETTABLE PROTAGONIST: Jared is hilarious and heartbreaking, a combo of Holden Caulfield, Harry Potter and something entirely his own.

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL: Son of a Trickster fans are eager to find out what’s next for Jared.

THE BEST LAUGH IN CANADA: With all the Giller coverage on TV and radio, everyone now knows that Eden is the hands-down winner in this category.

INDIGENOUS VOICE: Eden’s extra gift to her readers is the Haisla/Heiltsuk “kitchen table” trickster stories she’s exploring in this trilogy.

Haisla/Heiltsuk novelist EDEN ROBINSON is the author of a collection of short stories written when she was a Goth called Traplines, which won the Winifred Holtby Prize in the UK. Her two previous novels, Monkey Beach and Blood Sports, were written before she discovered she was gluten-intolerant and tend to be quite grim, the latter being especially gruesome because half-way through writing the manuscript, Robinson gave up a two-pack a day cigarette habit and the more she suffered, the more her characters suffered. Monkey Beach won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Son of a Trickster, the first instalment of her Trickster trilogy, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2017, she won the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fellowship. She lives in Kitimat, BC.

Author Residence: Kitimat, BC

Author Hometown: Kitimat, BC

Marketing: Influencer mailing

Organic social media & newsletter support

Targeted social media advertising

Animated video narrated by Eden for social sharing


Publicity: Multi-city tour in Fall (tour cities: Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, Southwestern Ontario)

Fall literary festivals

Extensive national media attention including outlets such as CBC “The Next Chapter” and The Globe and Mail

Extensive review coverage


Winner of the 2019 BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
Longlisted for the 2019 Sunburst Awards in Adult Fiction
Longlisted for the 2019
 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

“The book is full of light and love. Robinson has a loopy and wonderful sense of humour, expressed not just by her trademark laughter but her delightful author’s bios.” —The Globe and Mail

"This is a fantastic ride that everyone needs to take.” —Joshua Whitehead, author of Jonny Appleseed, The Writers’ Trust of Canada

“Crafting such exquisite coming-of-age tales that can bring equal parts tears of sadness and laughter takes a certain kind of narrative genius.” —The Vancouver Sun

“Robinson balances realist, coming-of-age subject matter against a supernatural horror-fantasy plot with a comic tone…. Robinson understands, like few writers do, how comedy (when committed to fully) can enhance and deepen unfunny emotions such as horror, sadness and pain.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“Canadian Haisla/Heiltsuk writer Eden Robinson has delivered the second in her Trickster trilogy—the first installment, Son of a Trickster, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Trickster Drift is even better. It’s an enlightening, entertaining and very funny novel.” —NOW Magazine

“Robinson handles the new instalment of Jared’s story with ease and grace, her trademark good humour and often-disturbing imagination in equal display. Trickster Drift unfolds with the tempo of a literary realist novel, unfolding to include multiple facets of the urban indigenous experience while continuing to incorporate mysteries from other worlds. …The third novel can’t come soon enough.” —Toronto Star

“Riveting sequel…. Robinson has created a smart, funny and very likeable character in Jared and the reader will yearn for his success and fear for him as the evitable pull to embrace his power is realized.” —Pique 

“Straddles the line between violent trauma and humour and tenderness so gracefully…. [Robinson] expresses the internal compass of someone’s mind in such a real way.” —National Observer
“If you liked Jared in the first book, you will love him in this one.” —Greater Victoria Public Library

“The mix of sharp comedy, quick character sketches, and unsettling horror is note-perfect.” —Quill & Quire


Shortlisted for the Sunburst Award (Adult Category) [2018]
Finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize [2018]
Nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award [2018]
Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize [2017]

“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)


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