My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ebershoff gives life to an interesting historical story of the first man to physically become a woman. The author’s description of scenes is almost elegantly poetic. That being said, sometimes I felt he described too much and I just wanted to get down to the story. Although the story is more about the transition of Einar becoming Lili, I really liked the two perspectives from which Ebershoff wrote– Einar/Lili AND Greta, Einar’s wife. I found Greta’s voice most intriguing– how she feels guilty for innocently enough starting the whole journey; how she deals with the transition; how she releases Lili. My favorite line in the book though was from Einar/Lili though. Einar and Lili have different voices in the text as well, so I believe it was Einar speaking. He was talking about how he felt it was time to fully transition himself into living as Lili full time. I don’t have the exact quote but the gist of it was this: He felt like a walnut– two halves in one shell– and it was time to separate the halves. Loved that imagery. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone needing an escape or something to whisper you to sleep, because the language is so beautiful.
I read this as part of Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge to fulfill #21, published by a micropress.
I read a lot over the past weekend, because I went on an airplane trip. Hope my therapy readers will forgive me having two book reviews back-to-back. I sincerely try not to do that, but I also only write the reviews when the book is fresh in my mind. That way, I have the clearest idea of what to say about it.
All that to say, back to science with the next post!