Sunday, January 23, 2011

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

When a child was born to Treadway and Jacinta Blake their lives were thrown into turmoil and a decision that a parent should never have to make. Wayne Blake was born a hermaphrodite and raised as a boy with the help of surgery, pills, and a father who is determined not to see the feminine side of his son. Treadway is a wonderful character, he is a thoughtful, loyal man who has great difficulty accepting a child who is both male and female. There is also a backstory concerning Thomasina, a friend of the Blakes, who lost her husband and daughter named Annabel. Thomasina would call Wayne by the name Annabel in private confusing him even more. At the end of the story you see Waynes father come to terms with his sons decision to go off his medication and possibly live as a woman. The relationship between Wayne and Treadway, is the main focus of the book, although there are many other great characters.
This story was riveting!!

5 Stars!!

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