The Break

September 17, 2016|
The Break
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Winner of the 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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Title:The Break
Format:Kobo ebook
Published:September 17, 2016
Publisher:House of Anansi Press Inc
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781487001124

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