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The Break
by Katherena Vermette

Published: 2018-03-06
Paperback : 288 pages
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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 ...

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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 literary fiction.

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I really liked this book but the number of characters and their respective roles in the story and how they related to the main situation that occurs is a bit complex and sometimes confusing. Author did... (read more)

 
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