It is 1942 and Denmark is occupied by German troops. A young woman is invited to spend the summer with people she barely knows in a cottage on the North Sea coast. There she meets two people who will affect her entire life: a fourteen-year-old boy who is the nephew of her hosts, and an English airman who has been shot down over the marshlands nearby. Timid friendships develop into a dangerous triangle, and many years later an elderly man looks back on it all, asking himself whether his youthful desire gave way to an unforgivable betrayal. Virginia is a sensitive, deeply moving love story about the intricacies of relationships in the troubled 20th century, written with Grondahl's incomparable and sensitive insights into humanity.
Used availability for Jens Christian Grondahl's Virginia
June 2003 : UK Paperback
2003 : Australia Paperback
March 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition