Annabel is mostly about the way a remote community chooses to deal with a breach in the normal way of things: Wayne, the child that was born with both male and female genitalia. While it is a good book, with deep characters that suffer minor changes across the story, thus being relatable, and writing that's obviously apart, I had a problem with the book going...nowhere. We follow Wayne's story, we live a lot with him only to be left with an anticlimactic finish line from where Wayne/Annabel walks alone, not allowing us to find out what's next for him.
It reminded me of Eugenide's Calliope, but only because of the subject, they don't have much else in common. I guess I wanted more from Wayne's point of view, and this book centers more on how Wayne's story is not only his, it also changes all the other lives from the community.