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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
February 7
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Ominim ,

Beautifully written. A novel both ahead and behind the times

This book is so much more to me than a love story. It's a journey of two people becoming who they were meant to be. I would recommend this book but I would caution you to leave a closed mind behind before page one.

greygardens82 ,

Well worth read

I've read this novel from a local Pasadena writer a few years ago and still remains as one of my favorite books ever. There comes a time in relationships when after doing small gestures or offering help can lead to doors one never wonders about. Can you imagine being in their shoes and coming to the conclusion that the life you know isn't exactly for you?

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