Saturday December 14, 2019

Fear and loathing in Winnipeg, from ten female perspectives

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

25th March, 2018

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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