The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl

by David Ebershoff
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Overview

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Now an Academy Award-winning major motion picture, starring Academy Award-winners Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander and directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper   

National Bestseller * A New York Times Notable Book * Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction * Winner of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters * Finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award * Finalist for the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award

Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change?  It starts with a question, a simple favor asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate.  Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.  The Danish Girl’s lush prose and generous emotional insight make it, after the last page is turned, a deeply moving first novel about one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the 20th century.




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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101157336
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2001
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 106,887
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Ebershoff’s debut novel, The Danish Girl, won the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction and has been adapted into a major motion picture starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne. His most recent novel is the # 1 bestseller The 19th Wife, which was made into a television movie that has aired around the globe. He is also the author of the novel Pasadena and the collection of short stories, The Rose City. His books have been translated into twenty languages to critical acclaim. Ebershoff has appeared twice on Out Magazine's annual Out 100 list of influential LGBT people. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University and has worked for many years as an editor at Random House. Originally from California, he lives in New York City.




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Danish Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a most unusual, perhaps unique novel of one man's journey from being a man to becoming a woman. Einar is Danish, and married to a California woman. They live in Denmark, and the story starts in the 1920s. There is a woman entrapped in Einar's body, and as the book progresses 'Lili' becomes the predominant personality. Einar/Lili's wife Greta is supportive, and loves both persons. She and their circle of friends help Einar find a doctor who performs on Einar what is evidently the first transsexual operation. This book is based on a true event, but the author's motivation in writing the book is not to record history. He attempts to focus on the emotional life of the characters. What does Greta feel as her husband slowly fades away, and a young woman takes his place? How does Einar cope with his sexual confusion? I feel the author is not totally successful in meeting this literary challenge. Greta is almost saintly in her support. Would she not have gone through more emotional turmoil than is predicted here? For one thing their weak sex life all but disappeared shortly after they married. All of their friends are totally behind Greta and Einar. Were people in Europe in the 1920s that much more tolerant than 20th century Americans? Perhaps so, but the author seems to me to have buried an awful lot of feelings. I worked for many years in the field of mental health, and came across a few transsexual patients. They were seriously conflicted individuals. In any event this is a novel unlike any that I have read before. Highly recommended unless you find such topics threatening.
Erin_N More than 1 year ago
In the 1920's, Denmark saw the rise of one of its most renowned artistic couples, Einar and Greta Wegener. Einar was a native Dane, born and raised in the bogs of Bluetooth by an elderly grandmother and a bedridden father. Motherless and alone, Einar befriended the son of the Baron who helps Einar break out of his shell and learn his first lesson about gender identity. After years of smothering his feminine feelings, Einar picks up the paintbrush and loses himself in the scenic panoramas of his art. Greta Waud grew up in the orange groves of California. Heiress to her parent's orange empire, Greta constantly felt the need to escape her life and found this escape in her first husband, Teddy, and then in Copenhagen. Greta's first marriage ended with the death of her husband and her child. Greta's second marriage ended with a death and a birth. But, Greta's artistic career flourishes when she begins to paint her favorite subject, a shy but pretty young woman named Lili. The Danish Girl is a fictionalized account of the life of Einar Wegener, Danish painter and the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery. It is also a story about love, marriage, loss, and metamorphosis. David Ebershoff does a wonderful job of portraying the depth of love that one person can have for another and the almost split personality that the transgendered must endure in order to cope with a body that doesn't match with who they are. A motion picture based upon The Danish Girl is in the works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never before reviewed a novel on this site, just because i never saw a point, or perhaps never read a novel good enough for me to really recommend. But The Danish Girl deserves the credit. A novel and story that i became emotionally connected to and was unable to put down. Beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a book lover of the somewhat off beat, I was intrigued by the information on the cover... I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this, something I really didn't want to put down. I was swept away into Lili's world, filled with happiness, sadness, fear and self. Truely worth the read.
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I couldn't put this book down! The author does a wonderful job of transporting you to 1930's Paris and Dresden. Also, if you are at all interested in questions of sexual or gender identity you will find this book a must read.