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Annabel A best seller in Canada award winning author Kathleen Winter s debut novel is an intimate portrait of the family of a mixed gendered child born into a remote blue collar sea side town in Eastern C

A 1 best seller in Canada, award winning author Kathleen Winter s debut novel is an intimate portrait of the family of a mixed gendered child born into a remote, blue collar sea side town in Eastern Canada.In 1968, into the devastating, beautiful landscape of Labrador, a child is born a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once Only threeA 1 best seller in Canada, award winning author Kathleen Winter s debut novel is an intimate portrait of the family of a mixed gendered child born into a remote, blue collar sea side town in Eastern Canada.In 1968, into the devastating, beautiful landscape of Labrador, 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 their 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 hypermasculine hunting society of his father, his shadow self, a girl he thinks of as Annabel , is never entirely extinguished.When Wayne finally escapes the confines of his hometown and settles in St John s, the anonymity of the city grants him the freedom to confront his dual identity His ultimate choice will once again call into question the integrity and allegiance of those he loves most.Kathleen Winter has crafted a literary gem about the urge to unveil a 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.

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  1. Kathleen Winter says:
    Kathleen s stories boYs Biblioasis 2007 won Canada s Metcalf Rooke Award and Winterset Award Her novel, Annabel House of Anansi Press 2010 , was a finalist for all three of Canada s major literary awards It became a 1 Canadian bestseller,came out in 2011 with Grove Atlantic Black Cat in New York and Jonathan Cape in London, and has been translated wordwide Her memoir Boundless Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage was published by Anansi in 2014 Her latest story collection The Freedom in American Songs 2014 was published by Biblioasis Her 2017 novel Lost in September Knopf is a psychological war story that transports the young 18h century General James Wolfe into the contemporary New World Winter lives in Montreal You can read her Livejournal here kathleenwintervejournal

Comment 533 on “Annabel

  1. karen says:
    this book is lovely, but it is a mostly subdued novel about an intersexed child raised as a boy, whose fully operational vagina is sewn up at birth and kept a secret from him until a little health issue brings it to light this is not a broad, epic tale like Middlesex it is a subtle, lonely story that takes place in a remote part of canada where men provide for their families by trapping game, and women sew and raise both their vegetables and their children quietly wayne is raised as a boy, becau [...]

  2. Raeleen Lemay says:
    This novel was very quaint It takes place in a rural Canadian town, and while I enjoyed the vibe and setting, the plot and characters fell a bit flat for me I m glad I finally read this, but I wasn t blown away by any means.

  3. Nancy says:
    Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw Reviews There are not many novels that explore the lives of intersex characters in fiction, so I was thrilled to pick this up at the library Kathleen Winter is a gifted writer Her beautiful words, vivid images and intimate details of family life totally absorbed and unsettled me What I was hoping to get out of this novel was insight into the life of Wayne, an intersex child born in Labrador I refuse to use the ugly word hermaphrodite His father, Trea [...]

  4. Saleh MoonWalker says:
    Onvan Annabel Nevisande Kathleen Winter ISBN 887842364 ISBN13 9780887842368 Dar 464 Safhe Saal e Chap 2010

  5. jo says:
    SPOILERS, OF WHICH I HIDE ONLY THE MAJOR ONE this book has great promise, mostly in the beautiful language, but i felt it the book, not the promise , from halfway through to the end, get lost in the writer s fantastic meanderings this is what i mean it feels as if kathleen winter, the author, made a conscious decision not to follow narrative conventions of closure and preferred to follow her soul her soul dictated to her a free form in which threads are left dangling and non existent threads are [...]

  6. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh says:
    Written with compassion this extremely well received debut novel tells the story of raising a hermaphrodite child in a remote Labrador Village At its core is the father s misguided decision to give the child a normal life by dictating he is male, a choice that requires burying his female side with a combination of surgery hormone treatment A decision that sets the stage for a lifetime of secrecy, a collusion of dishonesty that threatens to tear the family apart The tone of the novel is cold and [...]

  7. Michael says:
    This is a wonderful exploration of the meanings of gender through the life of an intersex child born to a family in a remote village in Labrador in the sixties Many people are born with handicaps or unusual physical traits, but arriving with both a penis and a vagina and mixed glands to boot is quite a challenge to set for a character and for a reader to comprehend As much as we have advanced on acceptance of different sexual orientations or choice of gender roles, ambiguity in physical sex in a [...]

  8. B the BookAddict says:
    This sensitive and powerful novel reads like one from a seasoned author, not at all like a debut novel.In a small town in Newfoundland when a baby is born with both male and female physical identities, surgery is performed and a secret is forged between new parents, Treadway and Jacinta, and Jacinta s friend Thomasina It s a secret kept from everyone including the child itself The baby is brought up as a male, Wayne Treadway is determined to instil masculine skills in Wayne while Thomasina calls [...]

  9. Eric says:
    The book was the best novel I have ever read I normally don t like fiction but this is the first novel that ever made me cry while I was reading It resonated with me on so many aspects I have been struggling with my sexuality for a very long time Except for one major difference, which is that Wayne is a hermaphrodite and I am a physically normal male, I was astonished at the number of similarities between Wayne and me I have always felt like a female soul out of sync with my body Ever since I wa [...]

  10. Friederike Knabe says:
    The lone white caribou that appears as a vision to the blind hunter is just one of several allegorical animals that appear or are called upon at different decisive moments in the story White caribou don t move that far south Why does anybody break away from the herd This allegorical image gives the reader a sense how much Kathleen Winter places nature and landscapes into a prominent position in her debut novel, ANNABEL she conveys its mystique in a perceptive, almost poetic language, and, later [...]

  11. Shannon Wyss says:
    I finished Annabel just a couple days ago And i have to say that i m incredibly ambivalent.On the one hand, i was completely engrossed, especially as Wayne was hitting puberty and starting to discover that, yeah, things were quite as should be expected with his body I found the book beautifully written, with well drawn characters and a great physical setting.On the other hand, i really wonder about Winters use of a main character who s intersexed It s clear she comes from a feminist background w [...]

  12. Cheryl says:
    Annabel is one of the most amazing books I ve read in a long time I have to say I was a bit skeptical when I picked it up, as it is a story of an intersexed child born into a family in rural Labrador I was afraid to find a one dimensional story with lots of overt politics Instead, I found a complex story told in beautiful language that brought the land to life, as much as the lives of the people who find themselves in an extraordinary situation, totally foreign to this rural community.The parent [...]

  13. Sue says:
    This review is my longest and hardest written yet If you want a less wordy review, that I agree with almost entirely, check out this one at Quill and Quire.However, if you press on, I will reward you with a free smiley at the end I wouldn t call what you have a disorder I d call it a different order A different order means a whole new way of being It could be fantastic It could be overwhelmingly beautiful, if people weren t scared from Annabel by Kathleen WinterI did not read this book about an [...]

  14. Davytron says:
    I expect that everyone reading Annabel will take away something different Teachers will reflect on their approach parents will question their actions health care professionals will question their practice everyone will question their notions of black and white.For me, reading the novel was an extremely uncomfortable and unsettling process that uncovered wounds I had long since buried or forgotten that I thought I had recovered from So many of Wayne Annabel s experiences were also my experiences [...]

  15. Jennifer (aka EM) says:
    Wow, Canada Reads thank you A beautiful, poetic book tying loneliness to landscapes and journeys internal and external Gorgeous GORGEOUS writing This book opens up your heart and though it is often sad, it leaves you with hope and filled with wonder at people s goodness and the strength of their compassion and connections with one another.



  16. Dana says:
    So I gave this book three stars, but I have to say I found it to be pretty disappointing view spoiler The first section of the book is all about the parents deciding to identify their hermaphroditic child as a boy, and then worrying Wayne is acting too girly I kept anticipating the fallout when Wayne discovered the truth about himself, expecting anger, confusion, betrayal or even on the opposite end of the spectrum, maybe a feeling of oh, now it all makes sense Instead, there is nothing Wayne as [...]

  17. Rafe says:
    This book was so beautiful that I had to stop over and over again to pause and breathe It was AMAZING.Remember when you read Middlesex and you thought, Gosh, Middlesex was really good, except that it had all these things going on, and Cal seemed kind of distant sometimes and you wished that there was something just a little better Annabel is that book.It s lush and lyrical, and the protagonist, Wayne who is also sometimes Annabel is gorgeously painted What Winters has done in bringing us this ch [...]

  18. Vonia says:
    As can be expected, Annabel is being compared to Eugenide s Pulitzer Winning Middlesex , which I have shelved on my all time favorites In my opinion, although these two novels are medically about the same thing, an intersex youth adapting to life, the similarities do not continue much further Unlike Eugenides, Winter has approached this tender theme with much of an individual, micro rather than macro focus Even the setting is subdued, a middle of the wilderness town in the depths of Canada Midd [...]

  19. Eugenia says:
    Povestea lui Wayne Annabel a schimbat ceva in sufletul meu Daca inainte auzeam cuvantul hermafrodit, evitam sa ma gandesc la el Mintea mea nu isi putea imagina un om cu ambele sexe Citind Annabel am invatat cate ceva din viata unui om care s a nascut hermafrodit, ce simte el si parintii lui Singuratatea folosita ca un scut de aparare fata de oameni, pentru ca rautatea oamenilor poate fi ucigatoare pentru cine nu face parte din tiparul de a fi normal.In anul 1968 in fictionalul Croydon Harbour se [...]

  20. Sally says:
    Like Wayne himself, Kathleen Winter s novel is beautiful, but difficult It s remarkably well crafted, full of lovely prose and haunting images From a pure language standpoint, it s a delightful read, and one that reminds you what an author can do when she takes the time to choose every word carefully.Annabel is full of beautiful but harsh scenery, and beautiful but equally harsh characters That, I m afraid, is where my dissatisfaction with the book originates The story is very cold, almost clini [...]

  21. Megan says:
    I m at a bit of a loss as to how to rate this I keep fluctuating between 3 and 4 stars but I think I m going to have to stick with 3 It could be that I just didn t take the proper time to read this closely enough, but it didn t have as much of an impact on me as I had hoped.This book was beautifully written The way Kathleen Winter works with words creates such a stunning atmosphere that just sucks you right in The story itself was soft and subtle in it s approach to the subject of Wayne s hermap [...]

  22. Helene Jeppesen says:
    3.5 5 stars Even though this was a beautiful book about a very interesting topic of hermaphrodism, I had some problems with its pacing I loved the beginning where the setting of rural Canada is described beautifully and I loved the characters even Wayne s father Normally, I like slow paced books but something about it in this book didn t work for me It gradually became and tiresome to read, but that feeling was mingled with some amazing scenes and beautiful descriptions that I had to highlight [...]

  23. Carol says:
    Quietly beautiful and hypnotically written I am astonished to find that this is a first novel One scene in particular which, oddly enough, involved a hawk and an orange will stay with me a long time.Interestingly, I found the central conceit the main character s hermaphroditism almost a distraction It may be the hook for many readers, but the book doesn t need it, and occasionally it rang just slightly false or desperate Winter s eye for character, her gorgeous depiction of her setting, and her [...]

  24. Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:
    In 1968 a small community in Labrador, on the eastern coast of Canada, a baby is born to Jacinta and Treadway Blake Their close friend and neighbour, Thomasina, catches the baby and sees instantly that there is something unusual about it the baby has a penis and one testicle, and beneath that, fully formed labia and a vagina The baby is a fully formed hermaphrodite Even before Jacinta takes him to the hospital, a plane ride away, over a week later, Treadway has already decided to name the baby W [...]

  25. Jennifer Lane says:
    Tremendously sad and well written, Annabel is a story about a hermaphrodite raised as the boy Wayne in remote eastern Canada The characters had such depth, particularly Wayne and his father Treadway Actually I found many of the characters fascinating the family friend Thomasina as well as Wayne s friend Wally But I dearly loved Wayne Annabel, and had to choke back tears several times reading about his lonely plight.There were two instances my jaw dropped reading this story One was an act of unsp [...]

  26. A.J. says:
    Annabel is the story of Wayne, a hermaphrodite child born in rural Labrador, and his, or her, or its difficult journey to adulthood.A story like this risks collapsing into all kinds of nonsense which is ultimately political than literary, and the kinds of simplistic conflicts that are, unfortunately, suggested by the jacket copy But Kathleen Winter is too sensitive and careful a writer to let that happen It s Winter s characters, rather than any grand ideas about gender or sexuality, that will [...]

  27. Petra says:
    I loved the descriptions of the land throughout this book The land is a character unto itself and forms the people into who they are It s harsh, embracing, beautiful and stark I read this book over 3 days couldn t wait to get back to it to find out what happens to Wayne, his parents and Thomasina how they reconcile their guilt, uncertainty and come to terms with their true feelings There are aspects of this book that I m less satisfied with but without giving out spoilers I can t elaborate There [...]

  28. Kristina says:
    I KNOW that this book will be on my top 10 of 2010 list It is certainly one of the most unique and riveting books I ve read in a while I ll tell you that when I saw the summary on Librarything I went a little crazy trying to get my hands on one smile The author was kind enough to send me this as a gift after noticing my intense desire to read it I really appreciated that It was a completely engaging book with such unique content that I finished all 400 pages within a day and a half I COULD NOT p [...]

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