Paul Takes The Form Of A Mortal Girl – Andrea Lawlor



One of the most exciting – and one of the most fun – novels of the decade.’ – Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You 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 flaneur 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. ———————————– ‘Playful, sexy, smart’ – Carmen Maria Machado ‘Evocative and urgent . . . and very funny’ Observer ’90s punk Orlando. . . a pretty wild ride’ Dazed & Confused ‘Sexy, outrageous, completely compulsive’ Daisy Johnson

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