Publish date: March 10th 2011
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
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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...
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,...
It's rural Canada in the 1960s and Jacinta Blake gives birth to a child that has features of the both the male and the female. Advised by doctors who have never seen a true hermaphrodite before, the child is bought up as Wayne around parents that are always anxiously watching him for any signs of '...