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publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc

Annabel

by Kathleen Winter

tagged: literary, coming of age
4.5 of 5
2 ratings
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list price: $9.99
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover Paperback
category: Fiction
published: Jun 2010
pages: 480
ISBN:9780887842764
publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Description

Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

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.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Orange Prize for Fiction
  • Winner, Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
  • Short-listed, OLA Evergreen Award
  • Short-listed, CBC Bookies: Best Scene
  • Short-listed, CBC Bookies: Best Overall Book
  • Long-listed, ReLit Awards: Novel
  • Short-listed, Amazon.ca First Novel Award
  • Long-listed, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • Commended, New York Times Editors' Choice
  • Commended, Vancouver Sun Top 10 Canadian Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
  • Commended, Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Quill and Quire Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award: Fiction
  • Commended, Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year
  • Winner, Independent Literary Awards

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