The Danish Girl

In 2017 the New York Times Named The Danish Girl One of the 25 Books that Have Shaped LGBTQ Literature Over the Past 20 Years

Read my essays on Lili Elbe published in The Advocate and in 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? 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.

The Danish Girl is an 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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