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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 humor 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 16 but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family's life, even look out for his elderly neighbors. 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.

©2017 Eden Robinson (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

NOTE: This title has been re-recorded by Jason Ryll and updated on August 28, 2018. If you've already purchased Son of a Trickster and wish to access the new edition, simply delete it from your app's Library and re-download.

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Excellent Story

I love Eden Robinson's books. This one, while slow to start, turns into a wild ride. I love the mix of traditional legends and contemporary life blended together. I've been wanting a story that some how incorporates indigenous stories, characters, legends, spirituality into a story based in today. Robinson's other book Monkey Beach has quite a bit of this in it too.
The narration bugs me though. The story is set on the west coast of Canada. The characters are mostly indigenous people from up and down the pacific coast, which happens to be exactly my background (indigenous from the PNW) when one of the grandmothers was narrated having a Newfie accent (east coast of Canada for those unaware) it irked me. Then when the neighbour, who is from Northern British Columbia, speaks in a Eastern European accent it just added to my annoyance. The pronunciation of place names was also annoying. I don't think these things would annoy me so hard if I didn't know people who are so much like the characters and if I wasn't so familiar with the places in the book.

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Great story!

The only issue I had was the Irish and Czech accents the narrator gave the Indigenous grandmothers 😂

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Eye opening

Narration was a bit off, I feel like there could have been a better match.

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adored it!

loved this story as much if not more than Monkey Beach! So wonderful and well performed

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narration is garbage

couldn't get passed the first chapter. i can't stand listening to the narrator. book might be all right, but I can't listen to this. i cant really rate the story, because the performance is so bad.

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Son of a Trickster holds you for every page

I was caught in the spell of this magical book from start to finish. Rarely have I read a story that wove together so much detail, reality, fantasy and longing page after page. Eden Robinson is a master storyteller. Son of a Trickster is aptly named, drawing on every "trick" a great writer can pull out of their creative toolbox to woo readers to stay on for every minute, every magnificent word of the ride. Bravo!

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Ugh

I just couldn’t get into this book, long and pointless and omg boring
I regret buying this

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Not your average YA fantasy

The Giller short-listed Son of a Trickster turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Some have labelled it YA, but I disagree that a teenaged protagonist means a book belongs in that fluffy genre. Jared may be a young adult, but his problems are anything but the usual high school drama. Not only does he abuse drugs and alcohol to the extreme, but Jared learns that his mother is a witch and his real father a Trickster. #Audible1

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Eden Robinson is bewitching

I have been watching and waiting for a new Eden Robinson tale ... Her voice is so compelling it draws me into the weird world she creates that lies underneath the pain of reality. I am sad that I have to now wait again for another feast, but am going back to visit Traplines. I was very excited to hear my home community of Lax Kw'alaams mentioned, though it would be good to teach the narrator the pronunciation... But I can forgive that because he did a great job of bringing this story to life!

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a coming of age protagonist to love

Haven't read any of Robinson's other work but Jared and Jared's world were true works of art, both incredibly endearing, relatable yet immaterial. there are two reasons why you can't "put a book down" either you can't wait to find out what happens or you simply take pleasure immersing yourself in their universe, with this novel it was the later of the two. I took a whole five days pacing myself but I couldn't wait to hear the next chapter. The performance was perfection hilarious and perfectly timed.

My only criticism is that the supernatural storyline felt rushed and slightly neglected.