"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, August 1, 2012

What’s my writing style?


“Hemingway's simple style appealed to Edson and had a profound influence on his own developing aesthetic.”
-The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia, 2012

“Edson's prose is straight-up, deceptively simple in its style. Likely, it took a lot of hard work to arrive at his pared-down narrative.”
-HERE Weekly, 2011 (review of The Goon)

The Dirty Milkman is simply and beautifully written. Every page is an example of this.”
-New Brunswick Reader, 2006

“Edson's simple, straightforward style, which looks easy but is really hard to achieve, is one of this book's most important features.”
-PEI Guardian, 2006 (review of The Dirty Milkman)

“Remarkable in its simplicity...”
-Ottawa Xpress, 2005 (review of The Dirty Milkman)

“Milkman’s narrative voice is frugal and unobtrusive; not terse, a la Hemingway--freighted, heavy--but just direct and unaccoutred, almost wholly free of writerly wankery, and so immensely easy to read.”
-The Danforth Review, 2006

“It’s easy to see that Jerrod Edson is a disciple of Ernest Hemingway in his controlled, compelling prose…”
-The New Brunswick Reader, 2000 (review of The Making of Harry Cossaboom)

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