Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:8in x 5.1 x 0.9 in | 0.6 lb
Page Count:352 pages
AWARD-WINNING CANADIAN AUTHOR: Winner of the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Strangers follows the achievements of Vermette’s award-winning debut novel The Break.
LONG-AWAITED COMPANION NOVEL: While The Strangers can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, it takes place in the same vivid world as Vermette’s The Break.
TV SERIES BUZZ: Cineflix was quick to snap up the film and television rights for The Break, and there will be inevitable buzz and excitement around the imaginative literature that inspired the show.
URGENT CANADIAN CONTENT: Vermette’s work acknowledges and demonstrates the failings of Canadian social structures and the discrimination that Indigenous communities regularly face. The Strangers shows the experience of a family of Métis women engaging with intergenerational struggle and trauma, and importantly highlights a way forward, ultimately emanating a message of hope.
#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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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.”
“Filled with vulnerability and loss. . . . It’s an honest confrontation of Indigenous identity.”
“Vermette has a way of seeing light through the crack in the wall of a dark room.”
“A searing indictment of the pressures and travails placed on Indigenous women.”
“Quite simply, Vermette…. [is] writing for Indigenous people, as opposed to just about Indigenous people.”
“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.”
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