Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Author(s): Andrea Lawlor

Contemporary Fiction

It's 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a lesbian best friend, makes zines, and is a flâneur with a rich dating life. But Paul's also got a secret: he's a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Women's Studies major to trade, Paul transforms his body at will in a series of adventures that take him from Iowa City to Boystown to Provincetown and finally to San Francisco - a journey through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure. Andrea Lawlor's debut novel offers a speculative history of early 90s identity politics during the heyday of ACT UP and Queer Nation. Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl is a riotous, razor-sharp bildungsroman whose hero/ine wends his way through a world gutted by loss, pulsing with music, and opening into an array of intimacy and connections.

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'Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is quite simply one of the most exciting - and one of the most fun - novels of the decade.' - Garth Greenwell

'Playful, sexy, smart, and like nothing else I - or you - have ever read before.' - Carmen Maria Machado

General Fields

  • : 9781529007671
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : December 2019
  • : ---length:- '19.7'width:- '13'units:- Centimeters
  • : March 2020
  • : books

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  • : 320
  • : Paperback
  • : Andrea Lawlor