Kathleen Winter’s poignant debut novel was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In it, Winter explores society’s views of gender identity through the eyes of a child born with male and female sex organs. At their doctor’s urging, the Blakes decide to raise their child as a boy, Wayne, giving him hormones to suppress his feminine physical traits. But after discovering the secret about his body, Wayne decides to stop taking his medication and lets his body develop naturally.
©2010 Kathleen Winter (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
“A compelling, gracefully written novel.…” (Kirkus Reviews)
I walk my own path, for that is the way of the warrior.
This book spoke about the main characters and their personalities & preferences in a way that you felt that you could relate to each of them. Even the most serious adults were painted with an almost child-like appreciation for the things that they found beauty in. Also, I love the idea of masculinity and femininity complementing one another (rather than compete against one another), which (I feel) the book presents as one of the most beautiful things of all.
There is an a serious case of assault within the book, so it may be triggering to those who have been attacked.
Read the book thought the listen would be more exciting.
That it could be a true story based on the lifestyles of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
The narrator was not in character and I believe readers should at least have the accent of Newfoundlanders and learn to pronounce the names correctly, especially the "Newfoundland" name which by the way rhymes with "understand".
I would have to take out Tredway and convince him to be honest with his feelings and consider others feelings too. Tell him to talk more to his family honestly.
Having listened to many books I really enjoy catching the accents of the readers and love the local twist of hearing how people sound during their escapades.
There are some books that I would recommend to absolutely everyone. This is not one of those books. However, I would not hesitate to recommend it to certain friends who I know would enjoy this particular story.
I have not listened to other books by Kathleen Winter. But, I did enjoy this one enough that I will certainly explore her other works.
I thought Tandy Cronyn performance was wonderful. She was very easy to listen to and did a good job of differentiate the characters without "trying too hard". I would most definitely listen to other books narrated by her.
I enjoyed this story of a child born a hermaphrodite in a remote area of Canada in 1968 and raised as a boy. While it was interesting to see how this young boy slowly learned the truth about his birth and the nature of his body, I felt that at times the reactions of his parents, those around him and even he himself were not all that realistic. At least they didn't ring true to me. I still enjoyed the story about how Wayne chose to deal with the truth about himself. For me, it was a 3.5 star read - "I liked it", but it didn't quite make it to "I really liked status".
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