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The Break

by Katherena Vermette

tagged: literary, native american & aboriginal
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list price: $34.99
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published: Oct 2017
ISBN:9781487004361
publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
imprint: Anansi Audio
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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.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature
  • Winner, Amazon.ca First Novel Award
  • Winner, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
  • Winner, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
  • Winner, McNally Robinson Book of the Year
  • Short-listed, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award

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