"Edson’s vivid portrayal of the urban area, as well as the working class and underclass, creates a vision of Saint John that highlights the discrepancy between the pre-modern idyllic notion of life in Atlantic Canada and the more complicated reality of the region."
-The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
In 1999, out of frustration I wrote Mordecai Richler and asked if before he got published did he ever feel as though he was doing it all for nothing. This was his response:
Dear Mr. Edson,
I still think all my efforts may be for nothing, so you are off to a good start. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
Other writers who have influenced me, and who are my favourites:
David Adams Richards
Reader - Books
As published on page 16 on January 21, 2006
Review by E.E. Cran
The Dirty Milkman
By Jerrod Edson
Oberon Press, 150 pages
The Grammar Architect
By Chris Eaton
Overall, this reviewer prefers novel set in Saint John
Both novels are by young New Brunswickers
At first sight, these two novels have much in common. Both are by New Brunswick writers in their early thirties - Jerrod Edson is from Saint John while Chris Eaton is from Sackville.
Each is its author's second book. Both are products of a chaotic world in which the main characters may or may not find something that matters, at least to themselves.The differences, however, in the way the authors deal with this world and its inhabitants are what make these books notable, if not always congenial to our old friend the general reader.
Although The Dirty Milkman has an off-putting name, do not be repulsed by it if you wish to read a good new novel.
Jerrod Edson's first novel The Making of Harry Cassaboom was promising; this one goes well beyond it and fulfills its promise.
Like its predecessor, it takes place in Saint John, which is described in almost too much loving detail. Its main characters - Charlie White, a writer turned milkman, and Prin, a young prostitute - have both given up on living a more than mediocre life devoid of much feeling.The plot shows them becoming more alive and aware of themselves, the world around them, and their true potential.This happens through their interplay with one another.While the novel's ending leaves their future open, the possibility for something better is definitely there; meanwhile there's the present moment to enjoy. Grey daylight may be coming, but the redness of dawn has not yet faded.
The Dirty Milkman is simply and beautifully written. Every page is an example of this. Although it takes place in Saint John's South End, and dirt and mess abound, the overall effect is love for that part of the city. Not only South Enders should read it, however. This book should have a long and distinguished future on a global scale.
E.E. Cran lives in Tignish, P.E.I.
The Guardian (Charlottetown)
Friday, January 6, 2006
Byline: Elizabeth Cran
Maritime novelists release new books
Avoid the awards
by Matthew Firth
A best books of 2005 mantra
The Dirty Milkman, by Jerrod Edson (Oberon Press) This is Edson's (a recent Carleton U grad) second novel. Remarkable in its simplicity, rife with black humour, the story centres on Charlie White, a milkman infatuated with a prostitute. Set in Saint John, N.B., White is also a failed/struggling writer plagued by romantic memories of time spent in Poland. This is a rare example of Canadian working-class literature. It has booze, sex, nutty neighbours and callused hands - not quite Bukowski but ballsy stuff nonetheless.