Fear and loathing in Winnipeg, from ten female perspectives

Fear and loathing in Winnipeg, from ten female perspectives

Unflinchingly dark, yet occasionally hopeful, The Break ultimately affirms the power of love

FICTION: The Break, By Katherena Vermette, Atlantic Books, €20

The Break is a narrow field between houses in North End, Winnipeg, a place where homes for eastern European immigrants were once built “cheap and big, but the lots were narrow and short”. Land ownership was what determined a resident’s right to vote, so the lots were deliberately built several inches too small to deprive the owners of their rights.

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