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The Strangers

September 6, 2022 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780735239630
$22.00
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER * WINNER OF THE ATWOOD GIBSON WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE FOR FICTION * NAMED #1 BOOK OF THE YEAR BY INDIGO * SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2022 MANITOBA BOOK AWARDS' CAROL SHIELDS WINNIPEG BOOK AWARD, MARGARET LAURENCE AWARD FOR FICTION, AND MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD * LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE * A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK


The Strangers, a staggering intergenerational saga from from the bestselling author of The Break, explores how connected we are, even when we're no longer together--even when we're forced apart.


Cedar has nearly forgotten what her family looks like. Phoenix has nearly forgotten what freedom feels like. And Elsie has nearly given up hope. Nearly.

After time spent in foster homes, Cedar goes to live with her estranged father. Although she grapples with the pain of being separated from her mother, Elsie, and sister, Phoenix, she's hoping for a new chapter in her life, only to find herself once again in a strange house surrounded by strangers. From a youth detention centre, Phoenix gives birth to a baby she'll never get to raise and tries to forgive herself for all the harm she's caused. Elsie, struggling with addiction and determined to turn her life around, is buoyed by the idea of being reunited with her daughters and strives to be someone they can depend on. These are the Strangers, each haunted in her own way. Between flickering moments of warmth and support, the women diverge and reconnect, fighting to survive in a fractured system. Facing the distinct blade of racism from those they trusted most, they urge one another to move through the darkness, all the while wondering if they'll ever emerge safely on the other side.

A breathtaking companion to vermette's bestselling debut The Break, The Strangers brings readers into the dynamic world of the Stranger family, the strength of their bond, the shared pain in their past, and the light that beckons from the horizon. This is a searing exploration of race, class, inherited trauma, and matrilineal bonds that refuse to be broken.

About this Author

katherena vermette (she/her) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. vermette received the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs. Her first novel, The Break, won several awards including the Amazon First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her second novel, The Strangers, won the Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, named Indigo's 2021 Book of the Year, and was a #1 national bestseller. Her work in children's literature includes the graphic novel series A Girl Called Echo. vermette lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.

ISBN: 9780735239630
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 352
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: 2022-09-06

Reviews

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE ATWOOD GIBSON WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE FOR FICTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2022/2023 FIRST NATION COMMUNITIES READ AWARD, 2022 MANITOBA BOOK AWARDS' CAROL SHIELDS WINNIPEG BOOK AWARD, MARGARET LAURENCE AWARD FOR FICTION, AND MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK

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NOW Magazine's "15 best new books to read this fall"
Elle's "10 Books You'll Want to Read This Fall"


Praise for The Strangers:


"Reminiscent of the hard-scrabble tales of the Métis in the Road Allowance days, Vermette offers up a beautiful, raw testament to those living on the margins. Brilliantly weaving the lives of the Strangers into stories within stories within stories, Vermette's confident, understated prose walks the reader through the unforgiving reality of the descendants of those who stood with Riel and Dumont, grasping for survival in a world committed to a long-established campaign of dispossession. Cathartic and disturbing, The Strangers offers vital insight into the colonial brutality that still haunts the lives of the Métis."
--2021 Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Rebecca Fisseha, Michelle Good, and Steven Price)

"Katherena Vermette's The Strangers is a deeply moving story of how colonial institutions continue to bear down on and disrupt the lives of Indigenous women and girls. It is a powerful collective portrait of struggle and resistance, of what it's like to be in an Indigenous body in twenty-first century Canada. In the end, it adds up to an engrossingly written ode to another kind of care, one against the grain of suffering. A brilliant follow-up!"
--Billy-Ray Belcourt, bestselling author of A History of My Brief Body

"The Strangers is a unique and essential triumph of a novel. It is revelatory in its artistry--in its constellating of family against violent separation, in its austere poetics of voice and consciousness.  Katherena Vermette has proven once again that she is among the most gifted and relevant writers of our time: someone with everything to teach us about the telling of necessary stories, about grieving the fallen, honouring survival, and revealing the fiercest beauty."
--David Chariandy, award-winning author of Brother and I've Been Meaning to Tell You

"With its relevant subject matter and poignant prose, Vermette's second novel is poised to be as triumphant as her first. [In The Strangers], the author crafts another strong, emotional portrait of Indigenous women."
--Canadian Living

"Filled with vulnerability and loss. . . . It's an honest confrontation of Indigenous identity."
-Chatelaine

"Vermette has a way of seeing light through the crack in the wall of a dark room."
--NOW Magazine

"A searing indictment of the pressures and travails placed on Indigenous women."
--Toronto Star

"Quite simply, Vermette. . . . [is] writing for Indigenous people, as opposed to just about Indigenous people."
--CBC 

"The Strangers is a devastatingly beautiful dive deeper into. . . . [Phoenix's] story, and that of her family."
--Quill & Quire (starred review)

"This Writer's Trust Prize-winning. . . . piece is a potent, audacious intergenerational saga that explores race, class, inherited trauma and the strength of matrilineal bonds."
--The Globe and Mail

"Vermette has an uncanny ear for the rhythm and the cadences of all her characters' voices. . . . [F]rom its opening pages, The Strangers. . . . speaks, starkly and eloquently, as if directly to the community of readers it creates."
-Winnipeg Free Press

"The story moves back and forward in time, solidifying the branches of a family tree that has grown from both mythology and a harsh realpolitik, growing stronger all the while. This is a fictional family to believe in."
--ABC

"The Strangers is a breathtaking, emotionally devastating, and lyrical intergenerational saga. It's an intimate and literary tour-de-force."
--She Does the City


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