A finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor
General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers'
Trust Fiction Prize, and a #1 national bestseller, Kathleen
Winter's spectacular debut novel is now available in a new
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 into 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 and sweeping in scope, Annabel is an
unforgettable novel about a one person's struggle to
discover the truth in a culture that shuns contradiction.