"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

Saturday, November 13, 2010

THE GOON reviewed in the Telegraph-Journal

The Goon by Jerrod Edson, Oberon, 160 pages

With The Goon, Saint John-born Jerrod Edson moves from being one of the province's top young writers to being one of the best New Brunswick writers, period. The Goon is a dark yet humorous story about living with the ghosts of the past. In Jack Jones, a former NHL enforcer, Edson embodies his hometown - tough, rough, haunted, full of equal parts unfulfilled ambition and heart. Jones feels so real you'll have to remind yourself it's fiction. As one of the most-anticipated local novels of 2010, The Goon can now be safely considered the best New Brunswick novel of 2010.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Return of Harry Cossaboom

I first published The Making of Harry Cossaboom in 2000 with DreamCatcher Publishing in Saint John. The book never really sat well with me; I felt I could have done a better job writing it.

It has always been one of those things I wished I had a chance to re-write because it's a great storyline.

Today, DreamCatcher granted me permission to re-write it. I still have to sign a contract to release the rights to me, but I really appreciate DreamCatcher allowing me this right.

It is my hope that if/when the new novel is published (hopefully with Oberon Press), it will satisfy my own own goal with the story, as well as generate some new sales of the original for DreamCatcher.

This is all a few years away as I haven't even begun the re-write and I'm in the middle of a new novel, but now that I've got the green light I'm excited for that opportunity.