On Canada’s North West Coast, venturing off the beaten path lands you in the world of Sasquatch, spirit bears, and a myriad of other mystic beings who draw the unwary into a spiritual realm filled with stories and myths as old as time. In Son of a Trickster, First Nations writer Eden Robinson not only draws on that mystic world, but ventures boldly into it with her gritty and stunningly blunt coming of age tale of Jared and his adventures (or misadventures) growing up in the villages and towns of the Canada’s remote corner.
Life in the communities dotting Canada’s outer coast is profoundly shaped by geography, climate and the ancient stories that echo and resonate across the sands of time. Accompanying Jared and his circle as the story unfolds offers a glimpse into a Harry Potter like world where myth and magic mingle with real life with startling and surprising results.
Noting repeatedly that “Life is hard. You have to be harder” Robinson is unflinching in her portrayal of life for a First Nations youth, and the many challenges they face, even without the interventions of mythic entities. In this era of Reconciliation, voices from our First Nations become vital in our understanding of the complexities we face seeking a just tomorrow, with voices like Robinson leading the way.
More to come.
Vote for your favourite book and community library. At the end of the Grey County Reads contest in April, three winners will be chosen randomly from among all voters to receive gift certificates for and one library will win $200 worth of books.