The Danish Girl
By David Ebershoff
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140298482, 304pp.)
Publication Date: February 1, 2001
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne and directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper
Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he mind slipping into a pair of women's shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time. "Of course," he answers. "Anything at all." With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.
David Ebershoff is the author of The Danish Girl, The Rose City, and Pasadena. His most recent novel is the # 1 bestseller The 19th Wife. He has won a number of awards, including the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Lambda Literary Award, and has appeared twice on Out Magazine's annual Out 100 list of influential LGBT people. His books have been translated into eighteen languages to critical acclaim. The 19th Wife was adapted for television and The Danish Girl is in development as a feature film. Ebershoff has taught creative writing at New York University and Princeton and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. He is Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House and lives in New York City.
Praise for The Danish Girl
“Heartbreaking and unforgettable . . . a complete triumph.”—The Boston Globe
“An unusual and affecting love story.”—The New York Times
“A sophisticated and searching meditation on the nature of identity.”—Esquire
“It is nearly impossible not to be moved.”—The Baltimore Sun