Meet the Author – Eden Robinson
Haisla/Heiltsuk novelist Eden Robinson is the author of the collection of short stories, 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 glutenintolerant 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.
Her latest novel, Son of a Trickster, was written under the influence of pan-fried tofu and nutritional yeast, which may explain things but probably doesn’t. With striking originality and precision the novel blends humour with heartbreak in a compelling coming-of-age novel. Everyday teen existence meets indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics, and cannibalistic river otter . . .