Paul Takes The Form Of A Mortal Girl Andrea Lawlor



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One of the most exciting – and one of the most fun – novels of the decade. – Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You Its 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 Pauls also got a secret: hes a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Womens 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 Lawlors 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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