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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

"A horny, bitchy, charming, playful, surprising, sharply funny, sneakily poignant, genius book. A book for anyone who once spent countless school nights trying to manifest a hyper-specific, deeply conceptual Fashion Look out of a closet full of very ordinary Marshalls clothes; a book for anyone who remembers their acute and cliché and actually-that-painful First Gay Heartbreak; a book for anyone turned on by multiplicity, who longs to be more than one thing at a time and possibly all things, all the time; a book for anyone who wants to grapple with theory without, you know, actually having to read theory; a book, in short, for me, and maybe also for you."

Lauren A.

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Author Andrea Lawlor
Publisher Vintage
Publication Date 2019-04-23
Section Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Lauren A.
Type New
ISBN 9780525566182

"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.

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