Author: Katherena Vermette
Genre: Adult ; Fiction ; Cultural (Canada) ; Contemporary ; Literary ; Feminism
Publication: September 17th 2016 by House of Anansi Press
Format Read In: Audiobook
Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)
2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist
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.
Trigger warnings: Sexual assault, racism (anti First Nations, anti Metis), slut shaming, classism, rape (past; present, graphic), self-fat shaming, parental neglect, domestic abuse (past), victim blaming, internalized sexism
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