The Break

September 17, 2016|
The Break by Katherena Vermette
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Winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and a finalist for the Rogers Writers'' Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General''s Literary Award, The Break is a stunning and heartbreaking debut novel about a multigenerational Métis-Anishnaabe family dealing with the fallout of a shocking crime in Winnipeg''s North End.

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break - a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house - she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.

In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim - police, family, and friends - tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg''s North End is exposed.

A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Vermette''s abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.

Heather's Review

I just finished The Break, now a Canada Reads short list selection. The Break is a deeply moving intergenerational saga kicked off when a young Metis woman witnesses, through her night darkened window, what she believes is a rape. She calls 911 but by the time the police arrive both victim and perpetrator are gone, having left behi...

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KATHERENA VERMETTE is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company), won the Governor General''s Literary Award for Poetry. Her NFB short documentary, this river, won the Coup de Coeur at the Montreal First Peoples Festival ...
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Title:The BreakFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.9 inShipping dimensions:288 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.9 inPublished:17 septembre 2016Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1487001118

ISBN - 13:9781487001117

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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