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The Break - Katherena Vermette

The Break

Author Katherena Vermette

  • Published: 2016-09-17
  • Category: Literary
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Description

2016 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

2016 Governor General's Literary Award Finalist

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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • The Break

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    From angelsplayhere
    Great first book. Looking forward to more of her work. Difficult topic to write about but well done & a great read.