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ISBN13: 9780802170828
ISBN10: 080217082x
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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.

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"Isolated as Croyden Harbour may be from the social upheaval of 1968, the tiny village on the southeast Labrador coast plays host to its own revolution in Winter's sincere, self-serious debut. Jacinta and Treadway Blake are like any other couple in town — he's away on the trapline all winter, she's confined to domestic life. But the clarity of traditional gender roles begins to unravel when Jacinta gives birth to a hermaphrodite. Both Treadway and the local doctor decide the baby will be brought up as a boy — he's named Wayne, and his female genitalia are sewn shut. Meanwhile, Jacinta's friend Thomasina, quietly tends to the spiritual development of the child's female identity. Kept in the dark about his condition for most of his childhood, Wayne struggles to live up to the manly standards imposed by his well-meaning if curmudgeonly father, but when adolescence rolls around, Wayne's body reveals a number of surprises and becomes a battleground of physiology, identity, and sexual discovery. Though delivered at times with a heavy hand, the novel's moral of acceptance and understanding is sure to win Winter many fans. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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“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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“A novel about secrets and silences...What Winter has achieved here is no less a miracle than the fact of Wayne’s birth. Read it because it’s a story told with sensitivity to language that compels to the last page, and read it because it asks the most existential of questions. Stripped of the trappings of gender, Winter asks, what are we?” The Globe and Mail

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“Absorbing, earnest...Beautifully written.” The New York Times Book Review

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“[Winter’s] lyrical voice and her crystalline landscape are enchanting.” The New Yorker

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

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“Beautifully observed...Reminiscent of Middlesex, Winter’s treatment of such a delicate issue is amazing and incredibly engaging. Her novel is written with immense sensitivity and grace, not to be missed.” Bay Area Reporter

Synopsis:

A literary gem, 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.

About the Author

Kathleen Winter's first collection of short stories, boYs, was the winner of both the Winterset Award and the 2006 Metcalf-Rooke Award.

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comftable, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by comftable)
Excellent prose and story. The characters were well-developed and totally believable. Highly recommended.
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julieb43, July 26, 2012 (view all comments by julieb43)
I thought this was a beautiful and sensitive novel. The writing was lyrical, with the Newfoundland setting coming alive, and the characters were fully realized. I loved the main character, who was very sympathetic. The story was engaging; in fact, I didn't want it to end. There should be a sequel so that Wayne/Annabel's story continues.
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kathleen129, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by kathleen129)
A very moving book that's stayed with me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802170828
Author:
Winter, Kathleen
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback, Deckle Edge
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 480 pages Grove Press, Black Cat - English 9780802170828 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Isolated as Croyden Harbour may be from the social upheaval of 1968, the tiny village on the southeast Labrador coast plays host to its own revolution in Winter's sincere, self-serious debut. Jacinta and Treadway Blake are like any other couple in town — he's away on the trapline all winter, she's confined to domestic life. But the clarity of traditional gender roles begins to unravel when Jacinta gives birth to a hermaphrodite. Both Treadway and the local doctor decide the baby will be brought up as a boy — he's named Wayne, and his female genitalia are sewn shut. Meanwhile, Jacinta's friend Thomasina, quietly tends to the spiritual development of the child's female identity. Kept in the dark about his condition for most of his childhood, Wayne struggles to live up to the manly standards imposed by his well-meaning if curmudgeonly father, but when adolescence rolls around, Wayne's body reveals a number of surprises and becomes a battleground of physiology, identity, and sexual discovery. Though delivered at times with a heavy hand, the novel's moral of acceptance and understanding is sure to win Winter many fans. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , “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.” (starred review)
"Review" by , “A novel about secrets and silences...What Winter has achieved here is no less a miracle than the fact of Wayne’s birth. Read it because it’s a story told with sensitivity to language that compels to the last page, and read it because it asks the most existential of questions. Stripped of the trappings of gender, Winter asks, what are we?”
"Review" by , “Absorbing, earnest...Beautifully written.”
"Review" by , “[Winter’s] lyrical voice and her crystalline landscape are enchanting.”
"Review" by , “Utterly original...A haunting story of family, identity, and the universal yearning to belong.”
"Review" by , “Beautifully observed...Reminiscent of Middlesex, Winter’s treatment of such a delicate issue is amazing and incredibly engaging. Her novel is written with immense sensitivity and grace, not to be missed.”
"Synopsis" by , A literary gem, 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.
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