The Break: The powerful tale of love, loss and violence, endorsed by Margaret Atwood

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Atlantic Books, Jul 6, 2017 - Fiction

Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2018
Crime Book of the Month, Sunday Times, February 2018

'A tough, close-up look at a side of female life that's often hard to acknowledge: the violence girls and women sometimes display towards other girls and women ... An accomplished writer who will go far.' - Margaret Atwood

Stella, a young Métis mother, lives with her family by the Break, an isolated strip of land on the edge of their small Canadian town. Glancing out of her window one winter's evening Stella spots someone in trouble; horrified, she calls the police. But when they arrive, no one is there, scuff marks in the compacted snow the only sign anything may have happened.

What follows is a heartbreaking and powerful tale of a community in crisis as the people connected to the victim, a young girl on the edge of a precipice, begin to lay bare their stories leading up to that fateful night. From Lou, a social worker grappling with the end of a relationship, to Cheryl, an artist mourning the premature death of her sister. And from Phoenix, a homeless teenager released from a youth detention centre with no one to turn to, to Officer Scott, a Métis policeman caught between two worlds.

Through the prism of one extended, intergenerational family, Vermette's urgent story shines a light on the power, violence and love shared between women of all cultures, creeds and ages.

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User Review  - Lindsay_W - www.librarything.com

Four generations of Indigenous women are living trauma-filled lives where sorrow and pain are just below the surface. The violent attack of a teenager is the catalyst for them to confront the source ... Read full review

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User Review  - ozzer - www.librarything.com

THE BREAK is a literary whodunit set in the north end of Winnipeg. Vermette uses ten first person narratives, most of which are from related Metis women, to explore broader themes than the rape of a ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

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, won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in 2013. Her novel, The Break was bestseller in Canada and won multiple awards, including the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Ms Vermette is also the author of the children's picture book series, The Seven Teachings 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, will be published in the fall of 2018. In film, her documentary, this river, won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Short.