Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor

Format: Hardback, Paperback / softback

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Published: 18-04-2019

£14.99

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.

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Description

‘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

Additional information

Weight 0.484 kg
Dimensions 35 × 144 × 223 mm
Page Count 320