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The Danish Girl
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Now a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl is a shockingly original novel about one of the most unusual and passionate love stories of the 20th century.

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David Ebersoff is 29. He is the Publishing Director of the Modern Library at Random House in New York. He is writing his second novel, Pasadena.

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Another fact-based novel, set in the 1920s, featuring a Danish artist intent on becoming a woman and the wife who loves him (her?). Written by the publishing director of Modern Library, this debut has already generated huge foreign sales. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Ebershoff, the publishing director at Modern Library, has taken a highly unusual subject--and a big chance--for his first novel. That it comes off triumphantly is a tribute to his taste and restraint and to the highly empathetic quality of his imagination. His book is based on the real-life story of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who 70 years ago became the first man to be medically transformed into a woman--long before the much better-known case of Christine Jorgensen. Ebershoff has naturally changed some of the characters, giving Einar an American wife from his own native city of Pasadena, thereby introducing a New World perspective on the drama. For a very real drama it is. Einar struggles with his inclinations to become the woman he and his wife, Greta, refer to as Lili, seemingly more agonized about what the change would mean than Greta, who is deeply loving and amazingly supportive throughout Einar's long ordeal. Seldom has the delicate question of sexual identity been more subtly probed (one would have to go all the way back to Jan Morris's autobiographical Conundrum); and Ebershoff's remarkable feel for the period atmosphere and detail of 1920s Copenhagen and early-'30s Dresden, where Lili's life-transforming operation is finally performed, has been poetically and intensely rendered. The portraits of the various medical men who offer their very different solutions to the problem are brilliantly accomplished. The original story ended much more unhappily than Ebershoff's, but his poignant and visionary conclusion is a fitting one for what is, above all, and despite its sensationalist trimmings, a profound and beautifully realized love story. Eight-city author tour; rights sold in Germany, Italy, U.K., Spain, Australia, Brazil, Finland, Portugal, the Netherlands and Denmark. (Feb.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

This is a curiously touching tale, told in a lucid and sensitive style * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *
An enthralling read * THE TIMES *
A beautifully written novel . . . elegant, assured and intelligent * DAILY EXPRESS *
The intelligence and tactfulness of his exploration of [love] makes his novel a noteworthy event * NEW YORK TIMES *
A first novel of startling refinement and beauty * Chicago Tribune *
Heartbreaking and unforgettable, it is a complete triumph * Boston Globe *
Beautifully written. It is absolutely engrossing . . . [an] elegant, assured and intelligent tale; as a first noivel, it is astounding * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
Intriguing and captivating . . . a resonant fable about metamorphosis and the construction of identity. This admirable book deserves to find a wide readership * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
Be enchanted by THE DANISH GIRL . . . elegant and sensitive writing * ELLE *
[An] affecting and graceful debut * NEW STATESMAN *
The book is a sensuous treat, its symbolic visual imagery combining with mesmeric recreations of period and place . . . Einar and his wife are treated with sympathy, and a potentially sensational or bizarre subject is treated with dignity * ART NEWSPAPER *
This is a curiously touching take, told in lucid and sensitive style that shows great insight into an extraordinary predicament . . . an engrossing story of true love, suffering and sacrifice * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *

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