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The break

by Vermette, Katherena, 1977-

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
Available (9)
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CLP - Beechview Fiction FICTION Vermette
Location  CLP - Beechview
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FICTION Vermette
CLP - East Liberty Fiction Collection FICTION Vermette
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Vermette
CLP - Lawrenceville Fiction Collection FICTION Vermette
Location  CLP - Lawrenceville
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Vermette
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Vermette
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Vermette
CLP - Squirrel Hill Fiction Collection FICTION Vermette
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Vermette
CLP - Woods Run Fiction Collection FICTION Vermette
Location  CLP - Woods Run
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Vermette
Penn Hills Library Fiction VER
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  VER
Western Allegheny Community Library Fiction Realistic F VERMETTE
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Fiction Realistic
Call Number  F VERMETTE
Whitehall Public Library Fiction Collection FIC Vermette
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FIC Vermette

2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature Finalist

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

A Canada Reads 2017 finalist

National Bestseller

2016 Governor General's Literary Award Finalist

2016 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

National Post 99 Best Books of the Year

CBC Best Canadian Debut Novels 2016

Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016

Quill & Quire Book of the Year

Kobo Best Books of the Year

Walrus Magazine The Best Books of 2016

49th Shelf Books of the Year

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Vermette (North End Love Songs, 2012) deserves the many accolades this novel about four generations of Métis women has earned since its first publication, in Canada in 2016. An apt trigger warning appears on the title page before the inciting incident: the sexual assault of teenage Emily. In the days immediately following the attack, the family's women and, to a lesser degree, its men gather and support, which prompts them to contemplate their own life experiences and choices. Each of the women has scars, and a member of the second generation suffered an early, violent death. Police work to identify Emily's attackers, but Vermette wisely shifts the focus to powerful why questions that fold in culture and identity. Multiple narrators combine into a collective experience of being on the outside, being subjected to poverty and violence, and being seen as inferior. The family matriarch, Kookom, provides the gravitational pull grounding the family, but she's in decline. The Métis women in this novel survive, endure, and heal, but they also carry exceptionally heavy burdens and pay exceptionally heavy prices. This intimate and emotional look at their lives succeeds both as a novel and as a work of social justice.--Dziuban, Emily Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vermette's piercing debut novel (following the poetry collection North End Love Songs) begins on a cold, snowy night, when Stella, a young Métis woman, looks out her window and witnesses an attack on a girl out on the Break-a tract of isolated land in Winnipeg's North End. Frightened, she calls 911, but the girl and her attackers scatter into the night. The next day, the full weight of the situation is revealed: Emily, the 13-year-old daughter of Stella's cousin Pauline, has been viciously assaulted and raped with a beer bottle. This is not a typical crime story. It is instead a harrowing mosaic, the fragments of which reveal the stories of Emily and her extended family, a young Métis police officer working on the case, as well those of the girls who attacked Emily. The story paints a broad picture of a family separated and brought together again, in different capacities, by varying forms of grief-and of another family, that of the perpetrator, shattered in ways seemingly impossible to mend, by drugs, crime and violence. Vermette portrays a wide array of strong, complicated, absolutely believable women, and through them and their hardships offers readers sharp views of race and class issues. This is slice-of-life storytelling at its finest. Agent: Marilyn Biderman, Transatlantic. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Métis -- Fiction.
Violent crimes -- Fiction.
Indigenous peoples -- Fiction.
Indigenous peoples -- Women -- Violence against -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Winnipeg (Man.) -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher [Toronto, Ontario?] :2016
Language English
Notes "Trigger warning: This book is about recovering and healing from violence. Contains scenes of sexual and physical violence, and depictions of vicarious trauma."
Description 352 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781487001117
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