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Annabel

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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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Most helpful positive review
My expectations going into Annabel were sky-high. I was not disappointed, but I was somewhat surprised by my response. Pre-reading, I was most interested in the story of Annabel as hermaphrodite, the story of her life as she struggled to belong amidst a culture unforgiving of contradiction. But it was really the superb portrayal of Newfoundland and of life within its remote, hard shores that appealed to me most. Kathleen Winter's Newfoundlander characters were so impressive: Treadway's hard softness and simple practicality; Jacinta's contented acceptance but secret longing; and Thomasina's compassionate fearlessness. The isolation, loneliness, and the contradictions of setting and characters, all of these perfectly mirror Annabel's hermaphroditism. All of my favourite passages, the ones I underlined in my book to come back to, were about Newfoundland - the place, the life, the harshness of the isolation against the peaceful contentedness of simple life: "The movements of the duck were the white hunter's calligraphy." (12) "Women of Croydon Harbour knew what was expected of them at all times, and they did it, and the men were expected to do things too, and they did these, and there was no time left." (36) "then the brutal grandeur of the real Labrador took over." (178) - how great an expression is "brutal grandeur"? Highly recommended. Required reading for lovers of Canadian literature.

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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. Publishers Weekly,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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Publisher
Grove Atlantic
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
480
Author
Kathleen Winter
ISBN-13
9780802170828
Publication Date
January, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.20 x 5.60 x 1.60 Inches
ISBN-10
080217082X

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My expectations going ...
My expectations going into Annabel were sky-high. I was not disappointed, but I was somewhat surprised by my response. Pre-reading, I was most interested in the story of Annabel as hermaphrodite, the story of her life as she struggled to belong amidst a culture unforgiving of contradiction. But it was really the superb portrayal of Newfoundland and of life within its remote, hard shores that appealed to me most. Kathleen Winter's Newfoundlander characters were so impressive: Treadway's hard softness and simple practicality; Jacinta's contented acceptance but secret longing; and Thomasina's compassionate fearlessness. The isolation, loneliness, and the contradictions of setting and characters, all of these perfectly mirror Annabel's hermaphroditism. All of my favourite passages, the ones I underlined in my book to come back to, were about Newfoundland - the place, the life, the harshness of the isolation against the peaceful contentedness of simple life: "The movements of the duck were the white hunter's calligraphy." (12) "Women of Croydon Harbour knew what was expected of them at all times, and they did it, and the men were expected to do things too, and they did these, and there was no time left." (36) "then the brutal grandeur of the real Labrador took over." (178) - how great an expression is "brutal grandeur"? Highly recommended. Required reading for lovers of Canadian literature.
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If youre going to rea...
If you're going to read about a hermaphrodite, I'd recommend
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My expectations going ...
My expectations going into Annabel were sky-high. I was not disappointed, but I was somewhat surprised by my response. Pre-reading, I was most interested in the story of Annabel as hermaphrodite, the story of her life as she struggled to belong amidst a culture unforgiving of contradiction. But it was really the superb portrayal of Newfoundland and of life within its remote, hard shores that appealed to me most. Kathleen Winter's Newfoundlander characters were so impressive: Treadway's hard softness and simple practicality; Jacinta's contented acceptance but secret longing; and Thomasina's compassionate fearlessness. The isolation, loneliness, and the contradictions of setting and characters, all of these perfectly mirror Annabel's hermaphroditism. All of my favourite passages, the ones I underlined in my book to come back to, were about Newfoundland - the place, the life, the harshness of the isolation against the peaceful contentedness of simple life: "The movements of the duck were the white hunter's calligraphy." (12) "Women of Croydon Harbour knew what was expected of them at all times, and they did it, and the men were expected to do things too, and they did these, and there was no time left." (36) "then the brutal grandeur of the real Labrador took over." (178) - how great an expression is "brutal grandeur"? Highly recommended. Required reading for lovers of Canadian literature.
Most helpful negative review
If youre going to rea...
If you're going to read about a hermaphrodite, I'd recommend
1-5 of 40 reviews

Once in a while, a boo...

Once in a while, a book appears which stays with you long after reading....."Annabel" is that kind of book. Set in the wilds of Labrador, the novel opens with a birth in the home of Jacinta and Treadway. The newborn has both male and female genitalia, something never seen before by those present. A hasty decision is made to bring the newborn up as a boy, thus closing off the female part of the child, both physically and mentally. They name him Wayne. Except that female side will not be quietend, despite the efforts of Treadway to suppress it. Jacinta and her friend Thomasina, who was also present at the birth, secretly acknowledge the girl inside of Wayne. Thomasina lost her husband and daughter Annabel in a drowning accident, and she privately calls Wayne by her daughter's name. Wayne is a sensitive and artistic child whose best friend Wally is a girl, much to his father's dismay. On reaching puberty, Wayne has an horrific experience, the true details of which are not revealed until later in the book. Given hormone treatment, Wayne tries to settle in to his life, but an increasingly absent father and a depressed mother merely add to Wayne's fragile psychological state. Leaving home, he makes his way to St John's where his mother was raised and where he makes a momentous decision which changes Wayne's life forever. I found the first third of this novel quite difficult to read and, it wasn't until finishing it, I realised how thoughtfully this story has been written. That first part is told in a matter of fact style, reflecting the no nonsense attitude of the Labrodorians. If something goes wrong, sort it out, move on and forget it ever happened. The middle section dealing with Wayne's puberty, is more thoughtful and probing. The final part is beautifully crafted and Kathleen Winter tell's Wayne's story with grace and empathy. Her characters are wonderfully drawn in all their complexities and I found myself crying at their struggles. Small, intimate scenes are told with such longing and I found myself crying when a young intern is kind to Wayne after medical treatment. "I see you. I see there was a baby born, and her name is Annabel, and no one knows her." This was always going to be a sensitive subject, but in Ms Winter's hands it is beautifully crafted and will be on my list of Top Ten reads for 2011. This book was made available to me by the publisher for an honest review

Annabel is a book to s...

Annabel is a book to savour. My original intention was to give it a quick read, review and be done - however, a few pages into it - I knew I wanted to enjoy this book for a while. A child is born in 1968 in rural Labrador - on the surface all is not well. This book shows us that who are we to say what is well and what is not? Ms. Winter has created characters who look at the situation in which they find themselves, explore their thoughts and feelings about the situations, examine their options and deal with the consequences of their actions. The characters rang true for me. Each had a different way of coping with life and each one was able to examine the story from a different perspective. Each was likable in his/her own way and Ms. Winter breathed life into them. They were all well developed and, in my opinion, this character development in the backbone of this book. Sometimes the story is joyful, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes heartbreaking. It is definitely worth a read and I will most certainly recommend it.

Wayne had his suspicio...

Wayne had his suspicions that he wasn't quite like the other boys. He suspected that he was different. What he would later find out was the secret that those around him kept from him and just how the word different would come to define his whole existence. In a culture that celebrates the rigidity of roles, where men are men, and women are women, where those lines are defined and not meant to be blurred, Wayne struggles to find himself within the shades of greys that those around him have turned a blind eye towards. Annabel was a haunting book about one person's search to find definitions that didn't exist and the questions of gender roles and how we perceive those stereotypes made for a captivating read. There were moments where my heart broke for Wayne because all he wanted was to understand who he was and yet that very knowledge was never within his reach. There were moments where I celebrated with Wayne as he stepped out in courage to search for the answers that eluded him since birth. In the end, both Wayne and I will come to understand that being different may not be the norm, but it is no less beautiful.

My expectations going ...

My expectations going into Annabel were sky-high. I was not disappointed, but I was somewhat surprised by my response. Pre-reading, I was most interested in the story of Annabel as hermaphrodite, the story of her life as she struggled to belong amidst a culture unforgiving of contradiction. But it was really the superb portrayal of Newfoundland and of life within its remote, hard shores that appealed to me most. Kathleen Winter's Newfoundlander characters were so impressive: Treadway's hard softness and simple practicality; Jacinta's contented acceptance but secret longing; and Thomasina's compassionate fearlessness. The isolation, loneliness, and the contradictions of setting and characters, all of these perfectly mirror Annabel's hermaphroditism. All of my favourite passages, the ones I underlined in my book to come back to, were about Newfoundland - the place, the life, the harshness of the isolation against the peaceful contentedness of simple life: "The movements of the duck were the white hunter's calligraphy." (12) "Women of Croydon Harbour knew what was expected of them at all times, and they did it, and the men were expected to do things too, and they did these, and there was no time left." (36) "then the brutal grandeur of the real Labrador took over." (178) - how great an expression is "brutal grandeur"? Highly recommended. Required reading for lovers of Canadian literature.

I finished Annabel thi...

I finished Annabel this morning and while I liked it very much indeed......it seemed to wrap up rather quickly for me. Things were unfinished that bothered me; things more at home with the parents than with Wayne/Annabel. Treadway's change was rather remarkable but I knew he was a softy all along, just a rather gruff one. This book pulls one along and keeps you for the long haul with just a couple of hiccups. I think I would give it a solid 4 stars.

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