'One of the most exciting - and one of the most fun - novels of the decade.' - Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to YouIt'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' - 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
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 20/02/2020
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781529007671
- Hardback from £11.85