Annabel

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House of Anansi Press, 2010 - Canadian fiction - 465 pages
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Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once.

Only three people are privy to the secret the baby's parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbour, Thomasina. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows to adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self a girl he thinks of as "Annabel" is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life.

Haunting, sweeping in scope, and stylistically reminiscent of Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, Annabelis a compelling tale about one person's struggle to discover the truth about their birth and self in a culture that shuns contradiction.

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Powerful, sad, amazing, human - damn fine writing. - LibraryThing
That and an almost abrupt ending... - LibraryThing
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User Review  - LorettaR - LibraryThing

What a good story, although quite sad at times. Also educational as I did not know a lot about hermaphrodites. This was my first read by this author, and it is a story that will stay with me for a long time. I truly enjoyed this novel! Read full review

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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

Wayne was born a hermaphrodite, with both boys' and girls' parts. He and his family live in a small town in Labrador, Canada. The only people who know about Wayne are his parents and a family friend ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Kathleen Winter has written dramatic and documentary scripts for Sesame Street and CBC Television. Her first collection of short stories, boYs(Biblioasis, 2007) was the winner of both the Winterset Award and the 2006 Metcalfe-Rooke Award, and her first novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for the 2010 Giller Prize, the 2010 Governor-General's Award, and the 2011 Orange Prize. A long-time resident of St. John's, Newfoundland, she now lives in Montreal.

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