Annabel: A Novel
By Kathleen Winter
*Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award Winner*
*Canada Reads Selection 2014*
*New York Times Editor's Choice*
*Globe and Mail Top 100 Book*
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, Annabel is a compelling tale about one person's struggle to discover the truth about their birth and self in a culture that shuns contradiction.
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: House of Anansi Press (2010)
Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.5 x 20.9 cm
*Watch an interview with Kathleen Winter when Annabel was a 2010 Giller Prize Finalist...
*Watch the book trailer produced by the CBC in 2014 when Annabel was a Canada Reads Selection...