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Annabel by Kathleen Winter
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Apr 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: lesbian-gay, canada
Read from April 06 to 10, 2011

The white caribou cover, from the Canadian edition, does this story more justice than the eerie portrait of the young man that graces the cover of this paperback. Too bad.

Do not expect this novel to present a "poster child" hermaphrodite/person with gender identity problems. Instead, Winter looks within and without--how much of Wayne/Annabel's self is influenced by Labrador, where he/she was born? How much of is she her father? How much is he his father? And the time period? The main character is only two years younger than I am, but didn't spend the early 80s watching MTV. Instead, he spends a few years in a dreary St. John's--a city bordering an intensely rural, forgotten area. It read like some of the places I knew from that time period in my own life.

The ending comes almost too quickly. Winter could have continued describing Wayne's sense of difference in her sparse, but lyrical way, how her main character matured.

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