Canada Reads 2017 @ Sapl – The Break

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break-vermetteWhen 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. (Publisher)

CBC Canada Reads information about the author and title

About Katherena Vermette

A Prairiefire interview with Katherena Vermette

A Winnipeg Review interview 

A 49th Shelf interview

A CBC Radio “The Next Chapter” interview

A YouTube video by Writers Trust of Canada

CBC Radio “Q”: Katherena Vermette’s musical tribute to Winnipeg’s North End

The Winnipeg Review book review about “The Break”

A Globe and Mail book review

A National Post book review

A Quill and Quire book review

A Literary Review of Canada review

Katherena Vermette’s National Film Board film “This River”

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