Published in 2016 by House of Anansi Press
Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, and a finalist in Canada Reads and is now a Heather's Pick at Chapters Indigo
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.
In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.
A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Vermette’s abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.
North End Love Songs
Published in 2012 by The Muses' Company
Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, 2013
For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg's North End is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother's disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love -- where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park.
Praise for North End Love Songs
Seven Teachings Stories
The Just Right Gift
The Singing Sisters
The First Day
Amik Loves School
What's Truth, Betsy?
The Seven Teachings Stories are inspired by the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth. These stories are set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community. The first four were published in December 2014, and the last three in March 2015.