Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Annabel by Kathleen Winter - Not a Review

 
 
Well, as marketing goes, this cover certainly worked on me. I imagine a number of my visitors to FFEP will be able to understand why. I saw this book across a crowded bookshop, our eyes met... It's such an incredibly powerful image. The photograph is credited to photographer Hans Neleman who has a website but whose output as represented there appears resolutely editorial and advertorial. Nonetheless, it was enough to make me pick up the book and read the blurb:
 
"In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador in the far north-east of Canada, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. Only three people share the secret - the baby's parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbour, Thomasina. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to go through surgery and raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows up his shadow-self - a girls he thinks of as 'Annabel' - is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life. As Wayne approaches adulthood, and its emotional and physical demands, the woman inside him begins to cry out. The changes that follow are momentous not just for him but for the three adults that have guarded his secret"
 
It is a first novel by Kathleen Winter and was first published in 2011, I haven't read it but many have and amazon reviews are very positive. As soon as I read the blurb I knew that, although I may not be reading it anytime soon, it was likely to be just R's kind of book so I had an excuse to buy it beyond the cover alone. Secondhand paperback and hardback copies are available for pennies from Amazon, and there is a kindle too.

4 comments:

John C said...

The second track on the new Goldfrapp album, 'Tales of Us', is based on this novel. There's a video along similar lines to accompany the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vnk_j1iKMA

The rest of the album is superb, incidentally.

Clare said...

I understand and I had a similarly strong reaction to the image. The book has been on my wishlist for over a year now. Finally purchased it this morning...

Also, I'd like to thank John C for the YouTube link. The video and the song are both beautifully haunting.

Callum said...

Thank you both. I'm now working my way through the Goldfrapp album...

Clare said...

I was just trawling through the Amazon kindle offers and found this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004P5PPHE/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

Thought it might tickle you to see the same image used in a different way. It did me, anyway :)

 
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