The Danish Girl

Now an Oscar-winning film starring Academy Award-winners Eddie Redymayne and Alicia Vikander

Read my essay on Lili Elbe.

My essay on Lili Elbe from the London Sunday Times

Loosely inspired by a true story, and a New York Times Notable Book, this tender portrait of marriage and identity 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 heroic 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.

“I’m starting work now on a new film called The Danish Girl, and it’s another extraordinary story about extraordinary people.” — Eddie Redmayne

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“Heartbreaking and unforgettable, it is a complete triumph.” –The Boston Globe

“A first novel of startling refinement and beauty.” –The Chicago Tribune

“The intelligence and tactfulness of his exploration of [love] makes his novel a noteworthy event.” –The New York Times

“A fascinating novel, beautiful for its strange and delicate flavor and its characters’ depth of heart.” –San Francisco Chronicle

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