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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
September 17
House of Anansi Press Inc
House of Anansi Inc

Customer Reviews

Gudeh ,

The Break

A highly engaging story that takes the reader into the hearts and minds of a family of strong indigenous woman facing a horrific attack on one of their own.

Joshua375 ,

The Break

It was an ok book, the constant perspective changing seems like a good idea In your head, and was one of my reasons for picking up the book. However it became very distracting and confusing once you start to switch between 15 different characters.

It is also good to take into consideration that this is a fictional book, the likelihood of almost all the cops being racist dirtbags is very small, and made me feel like it misrepresents the police force in the North End.

naive Canadian ,

The Break

This is a very well written book that helped me appreciate the difficult circumstances of aboriginal women as well as feel the strength of the family bond and love that they hold. I recommend this book to all Canadians, particularly as we address the missing and abused indigenous women in our country. The description of the two police in this novel and their racist and/or incompetence is well done. This novel is an eye opener and an educational tool. Thank you.

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