Andrea Lawlor, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Tuesday, November 14, 7:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
 
Co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College English Department. 
 
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 the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival 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.
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).
 
 
 
Event date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780986086991
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rescue Press - November 1st, 2017