Canada Reads is looking for the one novel that could change Canada.
Sarah Gadon is one of Canada's most promising young actors and a rising star in Hollywood. She has appeared in David Cronenberg's two most recent films, A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis, and will be seen in several major films in 2014.
Kathleen Winter is an award-winning author and former columnist for the Telegram in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Annabel deals with the birth of an intersex baby in rural Newfoundland in 1968. The baby's parents make the difficult decision to raise the child as a boy named Wayne, keeping his feminine side a lifelong secret in the rigidly defined masculine culture. But as Wayne grows up, he can't entirely ignore the feminine presence in his identity. Annabel is an unforgettable novel about one person's struggle to discover the truth in a culture that shuns contradiction.
Annabel was published by House of Anansi in 2010 and became a national bestseller. The book won the Thomas Head Raddall Award, and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Orange Prize.
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