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The Circle
The Circle | Katherena Vermette
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From the award-winning and #1 bestselling author of The Break and The Strangers comes a poignant and unwavering epic told from a constellation of Mtis voices that consider the fallout when the person who connects them all goes missing The concept was simple. You sit a bunch of people in a circleeveryone who hurt, everyone who got hurt, all affectedand let them share. Some people, it helped them heal, for sure. Others went in angry and left a different kind of angry. Learned how the blame belonged on the system, the history, the colonizer, the big things that were harder to change than one bad person. The day that Cedar Sage Stranger has been both dreading and longing for has finally come: her sister Phoenix is getting out of prison. The effect of Phoenixs release cascades through the community. M, the young girl whom she assaulted, is triggered by the news. Her mother, Paulina, is worried and her cousin is angryall feel the threat of Phoenixs release. When Phoenix is seen lingering outside the school to catch a glimpse of her son, Sparrow, the police get a call to file a reportbut the next thing they know, she has disappeared. Amid accusations and plots for revenge, past grievances become a poor guide in a moment of danger, and the clumsy armature of law enforcement is no match for the community. Cedar and her and Phoenixs mother, Elsie, continue down different paths of healing, while everyone in their lives form a circle around the chaos, the calm within the storm, and the beauty in the darkness. Fierce, heartbreaking, and profound, Vermettes The Circle is the third and final companion novel to her bestsellers The Break and The Strangers. Told from various perspectives, with an unforgettable voice for each chapter, the novel is masterfully structured as a Restorative Justice Circle where all gatherboth the victimized and the accusedto take account of a crime that has altered the course of their lives. It considers what it means to be abandoned by the very systems that claim to offer support, how it feels to gain a sense of belonging, and the unanticipated cost of protecting those you love most.
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Creadnorthey
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A fantastic read and fine fitting third book of the Stranger family saga. Vermette uses the different voices to quilt a story that remains true to the characters she has created and the colonized world they live in. Here ideas of family can help heal but also be twisted to exact and justify heartbreaking revenge. A beautifully realized story.

Tamra I keep forgetting this is a trilogy! Must get the second. 6mo
Creadnorthey @Tamra they are so powerful and I wouldn‘t be surprised that they can stand alone. 6mo
jlhammar I loved The Break. Looks like they will finally be publishing The Strangers in the US in March so will definitely be continuing with this saga next year. 6mo
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Lindy
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This realistic polyphonic novel is set in Winnipeg & crafted in 22 different, mostly Indigenous, voices showing how a wide variety of people can be affected by one event: a young woman is released from jail and immediately goes missing. It‘s the third in an interconnected trilogy, not really a series, yet best read in order starting with The Break. Powerful, sad, and also hopeful. #CanadianAuthor #LGBTQ

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Lindy
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I looked up KC Adams, the artist whose work appears on the cover of the tagged novel, and learned that she created a huge circular piece that is very similar to the one on the book jacket. The large piece is the floor of a roundhouse. More here: https://www.kcadams.net/page67.html

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Lindy
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If anyone knows how to get past trauma, to deal with it, it‘s Indigenous folks. They sure have had the practice.

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Mpcacher
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This is the third & final book in a series that features a Metis family dealing with life and the traumas of being poor and Indigenous in today's world. Told in multiple POV, I would have benefited from a family tree chart to keep track of everyone. In spite of that, it was still a very powerful, thought provoking and sad story and one that is worth a second read. It is also a poignant reminder that we don't all start life from the same point. 4/5