"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

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Dirty Milkman reviewed in Ottawa Xpress

December 15th, 2005 Year in Review - Books

Avoid the awards
by Matthew Firth

A best books of 2005 mantra

Hey you in the laundromat reading the GG winner, listen up: I'm tired of seeing all you cool cats with uncool books for the middle-aged middle class. Especially with a literary year like this. Put down the award winners, Oprah's choices and bestsellers and hunt down something more provocative to kill the long hours this winter. Something like ...

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.

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