Fall Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out
newest crop of blockbusters is headed our way—and there's just enough
time left to catch up on the literary originals.
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The Danish Girl
The best option for trans
men and women in Europe in the 1920s and 30s was a life of quiet shame. The
worst? Lobotomy. David Ebershoff's elegant and sensuous 2000 novel
fictionalizes the life of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who pushed back
against those grim expectations to become Lili, one of the first women who
underwent sex-reassignment surgery. Eddie Redmayne, who's playing Lili in the
November 27 film version
, has already inspired talk about a
second Best Actor Oscar nomination. But the book gives almost equal time to
Einar's wife, Greta, and their remarkable and complex love story.
— Mark Athitakis