"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.



Anonymous said...

Hey, I am checking this blog using the phone and this appears to be kind of odd. Thought you'd wish to know. This is a great write-up nevertheless, did not mess that up.

- David

Jerrod Edson said...

Thanks for letting me know, David--