The Break by Katherena Vermette
Set in Winnipeg, this story is part mystery, part social commentary, and a wholly engaging read. A young Métis woman witnesses a horrific act of violence that sparks an investigation profoundly impacting the people connected to the event. It is told from various points of view, including the police, the family, and friends of the victim. What emerges is a story of strength and family bonds. Shortlisted for a number of literary prizes, this is a masterful debut.
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Room Magazine. "Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her collection of poetry, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and her debut novel The Break has won numerous awards and was a Canada Reads 2017 finalist."
"Vermette, herself a Métis living in Winnipeg, brings the setting to life so effectively that the reader can see the grey streets and worn-out homes and feel the bitter cold."
Hamilton Review of Books. "Katherena Vermette’s debut poetry collection, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Award for poetry."