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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.

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  • Rena Tarlini
  • 07-09-19

Not Enough Fantasy. Too much pot.

Was looking for a trickster themed story. Got a story about someone taking pot frequently with the occasional fantasy scene. I got bored quickly and didnt finish.

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  • kitty heite
  • 08-04-21

eden robinson writes truth in fiction

eden robinson is probably already my favorite author and to date the only writer that writes characters i can fully relate to. this series brings the mundane and the magical into stark relief. cannot recommend her unique voice strongly enough. if you like American gods style magical realism you'll love this series.

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  • ana monten
  • 05-04-21

Different

the way this story is told it's very different but you can still follow it. I feel like there's so much here and I want to keep listening to see where it leads.

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  • Book Addict
  • 14-03-21

an entertaining story

The storyline was imaginative and entertaining. The settings, characters and magical elements were easy to picture in my head. However, the plot left unanswered questions that I hope will be answered in the sequel.

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  • 16-11-20

Contemporary turn on old stories

Engaging characters who are living in highly dysfunctional family units trying to come to grips with teenage angst and paranormal shenanigans.