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Katherena Vermette’s first book, North End Love Songs, a poetry collection set among Winnipeg’s Métis community, won a 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award. In her debut novel, the author finds herself in familiar and heart-wrenching territory of prejudice and violence. Karen is a married woman and mother of two. her boys are super energetic and her marriage is facing some problems, witch both are draining her out so when her friend Eve suggests that she could spend a day solo in a holiday house, she is more than happy to accept. but one thing she doesn't know is that someone is watching her. but who? why? and in the end, was it worth it for Karen to take this one day off? The Break is a place between two rows of houses. In the winter it is bleak and cold. A young woman named Stella lives on the Break with her husband and two young children. There she witnesses something horrible and extremely violent. No one believes her. Not the police or her husband. The Breaks is amazing—I read the whole thing through in one sitting. It’s got the heft and staying power of Baldwin’s A Letter to My Nephew.’ – Lauren Berlant When I first saw The Break at the bookstore it caught my interest but I decided against it as it had a trigger warning for violence. I can be sensitive to violence however knowing in advance it does take some of the sensitivity away. I saw it again at the library and knew then that I was going to have to read it. It was definitely a good read for me. I felt that Katherena Vermette handled the violence well and is so well written that I didn't feel sensitive towards it at all.

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The characters were depicted exceptionally well. Karen's exhaustion and frustration as well as Peter's feelings of guilt were palpable. But Eve's raging anger flared out like an inferno making one dread whatever was to come next. While Eve's actions may come across as extreme, the story is a fine example of how revenge turns into an all-consuming poison while forgiveness goes a long way in healing and mending relationships. At the front of the book there is a "TRIGGER WARNING: This book is about recovering and healing from violence. Contains scenes of sexual and physical violence, and depictions of vicarious trauma."I received a gifted copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review as part of the book tour hosted by Zooloos Book Tours. Although this is fictitious, I was drawn into the drama and it felt "raw and real." I felt scared and helpless with Stella, and could emphasize with sisters Paulina and Louisa and their mother, Cheryl. I admired the young Metis policeman and could feel his frustration with his older partner. There are compelling characters - Phoenix & Tommy especially - complex, rich, heartbreaking - but many of the others including Stella, Lou, Paul & Cheryl, were significantly less well-developed and in the end, all sounded very similar and stereotypical so that I was unable to form any attachment or even really care about them. And I just didn't think she needed the POV from a dead woman - although these were some of the most beautifully written passages, they distracted me and constantly pulled me out of the story. Duration 1:34 Featured VideoKatherena Vermette, whose novel The Break will be defended by Candy Palmater on Canada Reads 2017, discusses one of her favourite sentences from the book. The Break is the first novel by Canadian poet, film-maker and award-winning author, Katherena Vermette. Late one cold February night, a small-town Canadian Police Department gets a 911 call. Stella McGregor, a young Metis wife and mother, is witnessing an assault on a stretch of land known as The Break, adjacent to her home. While there are still signs of a scuffle in the snow by the time two officers arrive, they are dubious about the witness’s assertion that a woman has been raped: the broken beer bottle and the pool of blood point to a gang fight.

The Break by Marian Keyes | Waterstones The Break by Marian Keyes | Waterstones

Cass’s continual highs and lows will cause you whiplash, and you will FEEL her frustration as she grasps at straws (tongs, and cans of hairspray) to keep her crumbling life together! Generally, I prefer more depth, detail and description in a novel, but while it didn't set my world alight it was fairly entertaining. Vermette offers us a dazzling portrayal of the patchwork quilt of pain and trauma that women inherit, of the 'big and small half-stories that make up a life.' These are the stories our mothers, sisters and friends have told us - the stories we absorb into our bloodstream until they might as well be our own ... a stunning debut - a novel whose 10 voices, Greek chorus-like, span the full range of human possibility, from its lowest depths to its most brilliant triumphs, as they attempt to make sense of this tragic crime and of their own lives. The Break is an astonishing act of empathy, and its conclusion is heartbreaking. A thriller gives us easy answers - a victim and a perpetrator, good guys and bad guys. The Break gives us the actual mess of life." - Globe and MailThe family at the heart of the book has suffered grievous loss. Years earlier, Kookom’s daughter, Lorraine, was murdered, leaving Lorraine’s own daughter, Stella, to be raised by Kookom. Stella is now a wife and mother herself, with a toddler and a six-month-old baby. Stella’s white husband fears something awful will happen if she visits Kookom’s sketchy neighbourhood, so Stella finds herself more or less cut off at home. Kookom’s other daughter, Cheryl, is a functional alcoholic who manages to maintain her job at an art gallery. Cheryl’s two daughters, Louisa and Paulina, have children whose fathers are mostly absent.

The Break by Daniel Hurst | Goodreads The Break by Daniel Hurst | Goodreads

There is a strong tone of colonialisation that needs to be spoken about, it destroys communities and then shames them for it, much like the community (in this case the generational matriarchs) in this book. You were half asleep. And it's okay. It's okay. But with your past, hon, you know you could've just been dreaming. You could've just been confused."It was one of those situations where I thought I knew what was going on, but I kept pushing through the tedious chapters and hoping I was wrong and that the ending would surprise me. It didn't. It's way too easy to work out. You might even be starting to suspect the answers before beginning if you read the author's previous book. Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped. The Break by Daniel Hurst is another pulse-pounding thriller from a master of the genre. I could not wait to get my hands on his latest, and I was not at all disappointed. Rowan doesn't remember what happened the day her daughter came into the world. However, she does have flashes of memory of is how she almost her hurt her friend and her daughter's babysitter. As she starts to put the pieces together, things come to light then her friend is found dead, and she was the last one to see her. Is she going crazy or is someone trying to hurt her and her child?? The story begins with Cass taking a shortcut home down a dark, rural road, against her husband's advice. She sees a car by the side of the road and sees a woman sat in it. After briefly considering asking if the woman needs any help, Cass drives on and goes home. Then the woman turns up dead.

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