Publish date: May 31st 2010
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Pages no: 461
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Coming Of Age
This was the first novel I have read centred around an intersex person (outside of fantasy fiction, of course). I'm glad it was such a good one. I got a very strong sense of Annabel/Wayne as a person, and sympathized with her struggles rather than being distanced by them. I was also grateful that th...
The writing itself was gorgeous, and I love how Winter drew her characters, slowly building them up, but still letting them have a few surprises. The main character's father was especially well-drawn.I'm not sure how this would read to someone who knows nothing about intersex people, but it seemed a...
Pretty writing, an interesting story, and good parallels and symbolism (including some subtleties, like the mention of a seam ripper). However, Wayne/Annabel was so understated as to be something of a cypher. I found myself more and more frustrated by this drifting passivity, which isn't really reso...
Annabel is mostly about the way a remote community chooses to deal with a breach in the normal way of things: Wayne, the child that was born with both male and female genitalia. While it is a good book, with deep characters that suffer minor changes across the story, thus being relatable, and writin...
Wow. What a fantastic, unique novel. There's a blurb on the back of my library copy that recommends Annabel to "fans of Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex", and while the comparison is apt, this is a wholly different novel that stands on its own. The story takes place in a small hunting town in Labrador,...
Share this Book