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The Break

International bestseller The Break is the first in Katherena Vermette's heart-rending, utterly immersive Indigenous family saga that includes The Strangers and The Circle, now in B-format with a series tie-in cover.

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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. But when they arrive, no one is there; scuff marks in the compacted snow are the only sign anything may have happened.

What follows is a powerful tale of a community in crisis as people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their stories leading up to that fateful night.

Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about the lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.

Katherena Vermette
Photo by Vanda Fleury

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette (she/her) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis nation—Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her first novel, The Break, was a national bestseller and won several 2017 awards, including the Amazon First Novel Award, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and McNally Robinson Book of the Year.

She lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River. The Strangers is her second novel.