The Water Farm

Book Two of The Water Farm Trilogy

Cecil Bødker

Translated from the Danish by Michael Goldman


ISBN 978-1-944682-81-1 pbk.       220 pages      $16.00

ISBN 978-1-944682-82-8 hdc.                               $25.00




A small group of social outcasts form a reluctant community on an abandoned farm in rural Denmark in the 1800s. Betrayal, flight and redemption, framed by relationships stretched across social standing, age and gender, The Water Farm brings their world to life. Cecil Bødker is one of Denmark’s literary masters.


The Water Farm is mesmerizing and tender. A deceptively simple story, with characters both real and extraordinary. It’s surprising how relevant a book this is, exploring the making of art and the forging of human connections outside societal norms.

      Ellen Meeropol, author of Kinship of Clover


Michael Goldman’s translation of The Water Farm is riveting. This world is steeped with the unexpected, where fourteen year old girls have iron resolve, old men care for lost children, and love walks hand in hand with trust. No wonder Cecil Bødker is a literary treasure of Denmark.

      Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling novelist,

    author of The Center of the World


…The Water Farm is a place of death, slowly returning to life.

      Søren Vinterberg, Information


…every word believable. Quite a rare achievement. The Water Farm is the ideal of fine, unassuming, story-telling craft.

      Bent Mohn, Politikken


Cecil Bødker has cemented herself as one of the most important Danish authors of our time. Touching, harrowing, uplifting, The Water Farm, is as much a delight to read as it is impossible to put down.

      Casey Harding, Senior Fiction Editor, The Missing Slate

Cecil Bødker (b. 1927) is one of contemporary Denmark’s most highly awarded and prolific female authors. She has written 59 books including poetry, novels for children and adults, short stories and plays. Her Stories about Tacit, a collection of 11 connected short stories, was published in 1971, forming the first book of The Water Farm Trilogy. Best known for her young-adult fiction books, in 1976 she received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Writing for her lasting contribution to children’s literature. In 1998 she was awarded the Grand Prize of the Danish Academy for her body of work as a writer.






Michael Favala Goldman (b.1966), besides being a widely-published translator of Danish literature, is a poet, jazz clarinetist, gardener, father and husband. Over 100 of Goldman's translations have appeared in dozens of literary journals such as The Harvard Review and The Columbia Journal. He teaches workshops and gives readings at universities and literary events. His recent translated books include works by Knud Sørensen, Cecil Bødker, Knud Sønderby, Marianne Koluda Hansen and Benny Andersen.