Simply put: this is the book I've been waiting for my whole life. Recommended By Kyan F., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
“HOT” — Maggie Nelson
“TIGHT” — Eileen Myles
“DEEP” — Michelle Tea
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 dyke 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, Paul transforms his body and his gender at will as he crossed the country –– a journey and adventure through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a riotous, razor-sharp bildungsroman whose hero/ine wends his/her way through a world gutted by loss, pulsing with music, and opening into an array of intimacy and connections.
“Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is playful, sexy, smart, and like nothing else I — or you — have ever read before.” Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
“Restless, muscular, and playful....A tight satisfying masterpiece.” Eileen Myles, author of Evolution
“In these irreverent pages, a shapeshifter gets a crash course in gender and sexuality by inhabiting both sides of the binary and arriving precisely somewhere in the middle. Book jacket blurbs are seldom something to go on, but in this case…just look.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Mixes pop culture, gender theory, and smut, but [Lawlor’s] greatest achievement is that Paul is no mere symbol but a vibrantly yearning being.“ The New Yorker
About the Author
Andrea Lawlor teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College and edits fiction for Fence. They live in western Massachusetts. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is their first novel.
Andrea Lawlor on PowellsBooks.Blog
My first novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
, follows Paul Polydoris, a 23-year-old queer shapeshifter and sometime college student, living in Iowa City in 1993...