Annabel

by Kathleen Winter

Kathleen Winter’s luminous debut novel is a deeply affecting portrait of life in an enchanting seaside town and the trials of growing up unique in a restrictiveenvironment.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.82 out of 5
  • Published May 31st 2010 by House of Anansi Press
  • Original Title: Annabel
  • ISBN: 0887842364 (ISBN13: 9780887842368)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2011)
  • Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee (2010)
  • Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award (2011)
  • Governor General's Literary Awards / Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général Nominee for Fiction
  • Indie Lit Award for GLBTQ (2010) ...more CBC Canada Reads Nominee (2014)
  • Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Nominee (2010)...less

Kathleen Winter’s luminous debut novel is a deeply affecting portrait of life in an enchanting seaside town and the trials of growing up unique in a restrictive environment. In 1968, into the devastating, spare atmosphere of the remote coastal town of Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret: the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbor and midwife, Thomasina. Though Treadway makes the difficult decision to raise the child as a boy named Wayne, the women continue to quietly nurture the boy’s female side. And as Wayne grows into adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting society of his father, his shadow-self, a girl he thinks of as “Annabel,” is never entirely extinguished.Kathleen Winter has crafted a literary gem about the urge to unveil mysterious truth in a culture that shuns contradiction, and the body’s insistence on coming home. A daringly unusual debut full of unforgettable beauty, Annabel introduces a remarkable new voice to American readers.