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Salvage King, Ya!

A Herky-Jerky Picaresque

by Mark Anthony Jarman

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Finalist, ReLit Award

Amazon.ca's 50 Essential Canadian Books selection

First published in 1997 to much critical acclaim, Salvage King, Ya! is a novel firmly rooted in Canada’s favourite national pastime—hockey. Critics have called Salvage King, Ya! “the great Canadian novel,” and a “postmodern Canadian classic.” Drinkwater, Jarman’s narrator, is the “heir reluctant” of the family business (the salvage company of the book’s title) and an aspiring NHL defenceman. His life hurtles between the hockey rink, the junkyard, the road, and the three women in his life: The Intended, the mesmerizing Waitress X, and ex-wife Kathy.

An Everyman, Drinkwater is approaching mid-life acutely aware of the choices and options available to him—and the ones that are slowly slipping from his reach. Fast-paced, raucous and kinetically charged, Salvage, King, Ya! is a hockey novel bursting with dynamism and originality. This is the “breakthrough” novel from the author of the short story collections 19 Knives, New Orleans Is Sinking, Dancing Nightly in the Tavern, and the memoir Ireland’s Eye. Salvage King, Ya! is a roving, luminous, rowdy, and funny novel.

Praise for Salvage King, Ya!:

“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” (National Post)

“a wonderfully fierce and funny book . . . imagine Hunter S. Thompson on hockey skates” (Vancouver Sun)

About the Author

Mark Anthony Jarman is the author of 19 Knives, New Orleans Is Sinking, Dancing Nightly in the Tavern, and the travel book Ireland's Eye. His novel, Salvage King Ya!, is on Amazon.ca's list of 50 Essential Canadian Books and is the number one book on Amazon's list of best hockey fiction.

He has been short-listed for the O. Henry Prize and Best American Essays, he won a Gold National Magazine Award in nonfiction, has twice won the Maclean-Hunter Endowment Award, won the Jack Hodgins Fiction Prize, and has been included in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Stories.

He has published recently in Walrus, Canadian Geographic, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Vrij Nederland, and reviews for The Globe & Mail. He is a graduate of The Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Yaddo fellow, has taught at the University of Victoria, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and now teaches at the University of New Brunswick, where he is fiction editor of The Fiddlehead.

His newest collection of stories, My White Planet, was published in 2008.

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“A wonderfully fierce and funny book . . . imagine Hunter S. Thompson on hockey skates” —The Vancouver Sun


“A brilliant work . . . a postmodern Canadian classic”

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