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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 flâneur 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.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781529009996
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 23/04/2019
  • Category: Of Specific Gay & Lesbian Interest
    Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $29.99

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 flâneur 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.

Author Information

Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College. Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence and the author of a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016).

AUTHOR EVENTS

6 March 2020

Join Andrea Lawlor at the New Zealand Festival event All About Paul as they talk about PAUL TAKES THE FORM OF A MORTAL GIRL.

6:30 PM

Renouf Foyer, Michael Fowler Centre
1 Taranaki St Te Aro Wellington 6011 Website



7 March 2020

Join Andrea Lawlor at the New Zealand Festival event The Joy of Queer Lit Salon as they discuss their books PAUL TAKES THE FORM OF A MORTAL GIRL.

8:00 PM

Renouf Foyer, Michael Fowler Centre
1 Taranaki St Te Aro Wellington 6011 Website



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