To Be Read: The Danish Girl

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I am working through my To Be Read shelf and tracking the books I read in an effort to be more mindful about my reading and more critical in my thinking.

I just finished The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, my January reading club selection. It was a fictionalized version of the story of one of the first transgender people, Lili Ehlbe. I liked it, a bit, but wasn’t overwhelmed by the story or writing. Ebershoff is a professor of writing and was an editor for a long time and I felt like it shows in his writing: he is a very good writer but very conscientious about being a very good writer. I’m glad I read this, and feel like it gave me some insight into how a person might feel that she or he was born into the wrong body, but wasn’t overwhelmed.

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