Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl
Format: Hardback, Paperback / softback
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Transposing Virginia Woolf’s Orlando to 90s San Francisco, this novel of transgender metamorphosis is a wild, sexy, funny and moving story of living on the edge.
‘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 GreenwellIt’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, and like nothing else I -or you – have ever read before.’ Carmen Maria Machado
|Dimensions||35 × 144 × 223 mm|