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Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
With striking originality and precision, Eden Robinson, the Giller-shortlisted author of Monkey Beach, blends humour with heartbreak in this compelling coming-of-age novel.
Everyone knows a dude like Jared — or at least they think they do. He’s the high school burnout who sells drugs, has an addict for a father, and an unhinged mother who mixes substances and weapons. 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’s puzzled 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.