Annabel (2010), primul roman semnat de Kathleen Winter, abordeaza cu profunzime, sensibilitate si indrazneala una dintre temele cele mai controversate ale epocii contemporane: identitatea sexuala. Intr-un sat pitoresc si indepartat de pe coasta Labradorului, unde rolurile barbatilor si ale femeilor sint guvernate de traditie, nasterea unui copil hermafrodit zguduie din temelii fericirea casnica a familiei Blake. Copilaria invaluita de mister a lui Wayne sta sub semnul ambiguitatii sexuale si al amenintarii cu demascarea publica. Lucrurile se complica si mai mult in momentul atingerii maturitatii sexuale, cind descopera ca organismul lui are capacitatea de a se reproduce singur. Kathleen Winter surprinde cu subtilitate si elocventa drama unui personaj singular, care se lupta sa-si gaseasca locul intr-o lume guvernata de tipare sexuale stricte, si in acelasi timp frumusetea inegalabila a peisajelor scaldate in luminile nordului din acest colt al Labradorului.
Isolated as Croyden Harbour may be from the social upheaval of 1968, the tiny village on the southeast Labrador coast plays host to its own revolution in Winter's sincere, self-serious debut. Jacinta and Treadway Blake are like any other couple in town-he's away on the trapline all winter, she's confined to domestic life. But the clarity of traditional gender roles begins to unravel when Jacinta gives birth to a hermaphrodite. Both Treadway and the local doctor decide the baby will be brought up as a boy-he's named Wayne, and his female genitalia are sewn shut. Meanwhile, Jacinta's friend Thomasina, quietly tends to the spiritual development of the child's female identity. Kept in the dark about his condition for most of his childhood, Wayne struggles to live up to the manly standards imposed by his well-meaning if curmudgeonly father, but when adolescence rolls around, Wayne's body reveals a number of surprises and becomes a battleground of physiology, identity, and sexual discovery. Though delivered at times with a heavy hand, the novel's moral of acceptance and understanding is sure to win Winter many fans. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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January 04, 2011
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