Debut novel from the author of '19 Knives' and 'New Orleans is Sinking'. 'Salvage King, Ya!' is a gritty, down-to-earth story of a hockey player's last few years in the minors. Drinkwater, an almost-got-to-the-NHL tough-mouthed romantic is skidding through the tail end of his 30s on a high-octane journey of self-actualization. Chip-toothed and soaring he struggles to come to terms with the conflicting aspirations of his youth and the reality of inheriting the family junkyard. Roving.Luminous. Rowdy. Funny.
"If it's the best hockey book ever written, does that make it The Great Canadian Novel?" -The Danforth Review
"A brilliant work . . . a postmodern Canadian classic" -The National Post
"A wonderfully fierce and funny book . . . imagine Hunter S. Thompson on hockey skates" -The Vancouver Sun
"Relentlessly, dizzyingly energetic" -The Globe & Mail
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Fellow at Yaddo artists' colony in New York, Mark Jarman's work has appeared in virtually every Canadian literary journal out there. Publication credits include 'Queen's Quarterly', 'Prism International', 'subTerrain', 'Hawaii Review', 'Prairie Fire', and 'Quarterly West' (Univ. of Utah). Other books include the memoir 'Ireland's Eye', the short story collections 'Dancing Nightly In the Tavern' (Alberta Writers' Guild Award for BestFiction), 'New Orleans is Sinking', and '19 Knives', and a collection of poetry, 'Killing The Swan'. Mr. Jarman also edited a book of alcohol related stories, 'An Ounce Of Cure'.