Annabel

by Kathleen Winter

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Annabel Synopsis

In 1968, in a remote part of Canada, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. Only three people share the secret - the baby's parents and a trusted neighbour. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to go through surgery and raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows up within the hyper-male 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. As Wayne approaches adulthood, and its emotional and physical demands, the woman inside him begins to cry out. The changes that follow are momentous not just for him, but for the three adults that have guarded his secret.

Annabel Press Reviews

'Utterly original . . . A haunting story of family, identity, and the universal yearning to belong.' - O, The Oprah Magazine

'[Winter's] lyrical voice and her crystalline landscape are enchanting.' - The New Yorker

 

'Affecting . . . Winter possesses a rare blend of lyrical brilliance, descriptive power, and psychological and philosophical insight. Her way with fate and sadness recalls The World According to Garp, without the cute irony. A compelling, gracefully written novel about mixed gender that sheds insight as surely as it rejects sensationalism. This book announces the arrival of a major writer.' - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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ISBN: 9780099555025
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780224091275
Publication date: 10/03/2011
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099555025
Publication date: 1st March 2012
Author: Kathleen Winter
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kathleen Winter

Kathleen Winter has written dramatic and documentary scripts for Sesame Street and CBC Television. Her first collection of short stories, boYs, was the winner of both the Winterset Award and the Metcalf-Rooke Award. A long-time resident of St. John's, Newfoundland, she now lives in Montreal.   Author Photo © Juliette Dandenault

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