The Break (Paperback)

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My favorite book from 2018 and easily in my top 5 all time! (It's January 2020, and after reading for the third time, I'm pretty sure it's my all time favorite.) - randy

— randy

Description


When Stella, a young M tis 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 M tis 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.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781487001117
ISBN-10: 1487001118
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English