Virginia, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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 is 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 twentieth century, written with Grondahl's incomparable, perceptive sympathy.


Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews.

Review by

A wonderful little book, in which nothing much happens and nothing may have ever happened, after all. Beautifully translated by Anne Born, who also did some of Per Petterson's books, too. I actually read this back in 2010, before I read An Altered Light, but a long time after his Silence in October, and Lucca, which I came across in 2007 or 08.

Also by Jens Christian Grondahl   |  View all