Trickster Drift

Trickster Drift

"Trickster Series" series #2

by Eden Robinson
  • from-british-columbia
  • from-the-north
  • indigenous
  • literary

Eden Robinson showcases her immense talent to balance the peculiar, the mundane, and the comical with indigenous cosmology in Trickster Drift, the second novel of the trilogy that began with Son of a Trickster.

Jared, seventeen, has quit drugs and drinking. But his troubles are not over: he’s being stalked by David, his mom’s ex. His mother, Maggie, a living, breathing badass as well a witch, can’t protect him because he’s moved from Kitimat to Vancouver for school. Jared has got to figure out how to live peacefully with his Aunt Mave, who’s been estranged from the family ever since she tried to “rescue” him as a baby from his mother. Though she smothers him with hugs, she is blind to the real dangers that lurk around them — the spirits and supernatural activity that fill her apartment.

As the son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic — he sees ghosts, he sees monsters, he sees the creature that creeps out of his bedroom wall and wants to suck his toes. He also still hears the Trickster in his head, and other voices too. When crisis hits, Jared can’t ignore his true nature any longer….


Eden Robinson, author

Haisla/Heiltsuk novelist Eden Robinson is the author of a collection of short stories written when she was a Goth called Traplines, which won the Winifred Holtby Prize in the UK. Her two previous novels, Monkey Beach and Blood Sports, were written before she discovered she was gluten-intolerant and tend to be quite grim, the latter being especially gruesome because half-way through writing the manuscript, Robinson gave up a two-pack a day cigarette habit and the more she suffered, the more her characters suffered. Monkey Beach won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Son of a Trickster, the first instalment of her "Trickster trilogy", was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2017, she won the Writers' Trust of Canada Fellowship. She lives in Kitimat, BC.


  • Robinson handles the new instalment of Jared’s story with ease and grace, her trademark good humour and often-disturbing imagination in equal display. "Trickster Drift" unfolds with the tempo of a literary realist novel, unfolding to include multiple facets of the urban indigenous experience while continuing to incorporate mysteries from other worlds… The great strength of "Trickster Drift" is that humanity and empathy, but let’s be clear: there are monsters here, both human and otherwise. The novel builds to a climax that is simultaneously thrilling and thought-provoking, one which overturns much of what we have come to know. The third novel can’t come soon enough. - Toronto Star

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: The Bukowski Agency



rights sold: Canada (Knopf), World English Audio (Audible), TV (Sienna Films)

rights available: World, excl. Canada

Additional Information

number of pages: 384

publication date: 10/02/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book

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