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