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Trickster Drift
By (author): Eden Robinson
9780735273436 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Oct 02, 2018
$32.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6.3 x 9.31 x 1.26 in 384 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
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

“As with the first book, Trickster Drift is most memorable for its set pieces…. The mix of sharp comedy, quick character sketches, and unsettling horror is note-perfect.” —Nathan Whitlock, 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)

“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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