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Praise for Katherena and "The Break"

“Vermette is a staggering talent. Reading The Break is like a revelation; stunning, heartbreaking, and glorious. From her exquisitely rendered characters to her fully realized world and the ratcheting tension, I couldn’t put it down. Absolutely riveting.”
Eden Robinson
author of Monkey Beach
“The lives of the girls and women in The Break are not easy, but their voices — complex, urgent, and unsparing — lay bare what it means to survive, not only once, but multiple times, against the forces of private and national histories. Katherena Vermette is a tremendously gifted writer, a dazzling talent.”
Madeleine Thien
author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing
“Katherena Vermette rendered the women of the North End gorgeous in her poetry: North End Love Songs. In The Break, she renders them sweet, beautiful battlers who love under the most horrific of circumstances. The Break is itself a beautiful love song of desire to live a full and rich life as cherished women — even when we cannot have that. We can hope. [Vermette] creates unforgettable characters with honour, respect, and a deft hand. In so doing she holds the reader’s tender love in her capable hands and weaves us right into the story. The Break is unforgettable.”
Lee Maracle
author of Celia’s Song