Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson (94)

This is a great story that is funny and yet moving. It’s not usually a kind of story that I like.  But this one really kept me glued to the pages of the book until I read the last word.  I just love Canadian reads like that!

This story is about Jared.  He is seventeen and has quit drugs and drinking. One would think that his troubles may be behind him, but they aren’t at all. Jared is stalked by his mother’s ex, if you can believe it! He is preppy, khaki-wearing psycho who loves to break ribs. His mother, Maggie, is a witch as well as a really awful person who can’t protect him like she used to because he’s moved from Kitimat to Vancouver for school.

Jared is a kid with an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age. He tries his best to stabilize his family and keep everything afloat.

He has a year of sobriety under his belt. His temptation to temptation is constant because of his drinking mother. He figures that in order to be safe from both magic, addiction and David, he’s got to get his grades up, find a job that doesn’t involved weed cookies, and learn how to 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. Though she smothers him with hugs, Mave is blind to the real dangers that lurk around Jared.

As son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic, whether he hates it or not. He sees ghosts and monster moving underneath his Aunt Georgina’s skin. He even sees a creature that comes out of his bedroom wall and creepily wants to suck his toes. He also still hears his father in his head, and other voices too. When David finally catches up with him, Jared can’t ignore his true nature any longer.

Can Jared survive his hard-living mother?

I loved this story and will recommend it a lot of the people who I know in my circle of reader friends.


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