Set against the glitz and decadence of 1920s Copenhagen,
Dresden, and Paris, this stunning novel explores the boundaries of sex and
gender, love and marriage.
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
cancelled; would he slip 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.
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