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House of Anansi Press


Written by Kathleen Winter

Published June 26, 2010 | ISBN 9780887842764
FICTION / Literary

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

480 pages
Digital Format

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About this book


Kathleen Winter

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.

Now featuring a preview of Kathleen Winter's nonfiction work, Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage.

About the Author

Kathleen Winter

Kathleen Winter is a novelist, short-story writer and scriptwriter. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. Visit Kathleen Winter's blog: Follow Kathleen on Twitter:

Awards and Praise
Wayne proves a compelling narrator . . . you are going to choke up, don't even try not to. [. . .] The truth is, none of us knows what any of us is going to turn out like, and that's always a story worth telling.
  • Short-listed Governor General's Award: Fiction, 2010
  • Short-listed Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, 2010
  • Commended Quill and Quire Books of the Year, 2010
  • Short-listed CBC Bookies: Best Scene, 2011
  • Winner Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, 2011
  • Short-listed OLA Evergreen Award, 2011
  • Winner Independent Literary Awards, 2010
  • Long-listed ReLit Awards: Novel, 2011
  • Commended New York Times Editors' Choice, 2011
  • Commended Vancouver Sun Top 10 Canadian Books of the Year, 2010