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Fiction Literary

The Break

by (author) Katherena Vermette

Publisher
House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Category
Literary, Native American & Aboriginal
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487001117
    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price
    $22.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487001124
    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price
    $18.95
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781487004361
    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price
    $34.99

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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.

About the author

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 National Film Board short documentary, this river, won the Coup de Coeur award at the Montreal First Peoples Festival and a Canadian Screen Award.

Her first novel, The Break, was a national bestseller and won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award; the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature; and three Manitoba Book Awards. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC’s Canada Reads. She is also the author of the children’s picture book series The Seven Teaching Stories and recently published the first book, Pemmican Wars, in the young adult book series A Girl Called Echo. Ms. Vermette’s second book of poetry, river woman, is forthcoming in the fall of 2018 from House of Anansi Press.

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Awards

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

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