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Annabel

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

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    Annabel is incredibly moving. It will touch you, and steal your heart.

    The story is simple. In a small seaside town, a baby is born a hermaphrodite. Jacinta and Treadway must decide how to raise the child. Should they raise a boy, or a girl? As Jacinta holds her baby, she knows deep down, that the baby is a girl; a beautiful daughter whom she feels a deep connection to. But Treadway has always wanted a son, and so the child is named Wayne and raised as a boy. Although this goes against everything Jacinta believes the world to be, she does not voice her feelings and goes along with it. Jacinta's close friend, Thomasina, also the women who helped bring Wayne into the world, knows that the child will have a complicated life down the line. These decisions are never easy ones to make, and although Wayne's parents love him dearly, Thomasina also looks out for him, and supports him in ways his own parents can't. Wayne's parents do not clue him in to what's going on with his body. It's after it becomes medically necessary, that he finds out and it's not even his parents who explain it to him. It's their dear friend, Thomasina. Wayne's struggle to find himself is so painful at times, that I just wanted to reach into the book and give him a hug. Each character is so vividly drawn and deeply complex and wonderful in their own way. The parents are good parents. Treadway is distant as a father, but he loves his son and he has a deep sense of duty to his family. The decisions he makes, are (in his mind) for the good of the family. I cried for Jacinta. She knew from the moment she held that baby that Wayne should have been Annabel, named after Thomasina's daughter who died with her father in a hunting accident. What I truly appreciate, is that Winter does not shy away from the tough topics. Wayne's upbringing affects the family as a whole, but each member of that family quietly falls apart before they become whole again. Nature vs. Nurture is a huge theme here and you see the devastating effects of both. But what makes this a very hopeful story, are the good friends Wayne meets along the way and the fact that his parents love him. The love they provide is what holds him up. I loved this book. I adored it. My moods continued to shift as I read it and it wasn't until the end that I began to breathe easy again. Annabel is everything that a good book should be and it's a book that everyone should read and discuss.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Highly recommended - a thoughtful read

    I was intrigued by the subject, the tensions and the setting. The author has created a highly intriguing novel that I did not want to put down and was disappointed when I finished it. All of the major characters are intriguing in their own right - read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 23, 2012

    Warriors den

    *winterstar

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

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    Meh.

    I had high hopes for this book, with all the acclaim that came with it, but I found it tiring and boring. It was an effort to get all the way through it, and was quite anti-climactic. It did tell a lovely coming-of-age and finding-herself hermaphrodite, after having been raised a boy; her story was not shocking, but caring and empathetic. The author wove the story full of imagination so that you could really see the surroundings of the main character. I just felt that it lacked excitement, or even enough drama to keep the book interesting. I thought several times about putting it down but was bound and determined to finish and not be a quitter. Bottom line, I would not recommend this book; there are others out there that are better written, and more enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Wonderful read

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. The subject is refreshingly different, the characters come alive, and the content is rich. I cannot believe this was the authors debut! I cannot wait to read more from her. I could go and and on, but instead i will simply say; I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Annabel is an insightful psychological story about differences, differences between people, between environments, between the sexes, between those with vision and those without. I'd recommend it to anyone. I would have given it a 5 star rating if Kathleen Winter hadn't kind of derailed the novel with what I think was a physical impossibility. Aside from a temporary detour from her story about the ability to live with ambiguity, I found the story very realistic, a good portrait of humanity and yearning

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