Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Read Online Free - 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.

Title : Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
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ISBN : 0986086991
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 354 pages


Cathy rated it ★★★★★

November 28, 2017

I loved, loved, loved this novel. A nostalgic trip back to the queer 90s wrapped up in a speculative temporal-space odyssey that inspires a meditation on gender, sex, identity, home, atmosphere, place, and love. Because what else is there? I got to read the manuscript and can't wait to read it onc...

M. rated it ★★★★★

January 25, 2018

I wrote this as an introduction to Andrea's reading for the NYC book launch at Bureau of General Services--Queer Division, November 2017: I first met Paul – the novel’s protagonist – in Philadelphia in 2005 or 2006, in one of my first workshops in Temple’s graduate creative writing program. It wa...

Alvin rated it ★★★★★

December 30, 2017

Every page of this PTTFOAMG sparkles with sly, clever wit and sharp insights, both sociological and psychological. The novel is delightfully free of the tediously tidy character arcs or contrived plot complications so common to middlebrow fiction these days; instead, readers are treated to an amu...

Rob rated it ★★★★★

December 26, 2017

Usually books that meander and don't have a strong plot drive me crazy, but in this book it completely worked. It was super atmospheric, slice of life, and weird - kind of like a book version of a Sophia Coppola movie. I loved Paul as a character, loved the window the book gives into 90's queer c...

Tim rated it ★★★★★

January 22, 2018

w/ its body shifting protagonist, most folks will likely interpret this through the lens of the malleability of gender, sex and identity. But I found myself thinking just as much if not moreso about queer lives/chronologies/trajectories/biographies as circuitous/interrupted/episodic, about the pi...

Chris rated it ★★★☆☆

January 12, 2018

While Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl is an engrossing read, it doesn't delve as deeply into gender identity as it maybe thinks it does. Although set in the 90's, Paul could just as easily be a modern-day millennial as he/she/they navigate the streets of Iowa City, Chicago, and San Francisco...

Kristen rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2018

This book is AN EXPERIENCE. Just the queer read I needed to start the year. You can see a lot of biases in Paul/Polly and I think that's what makes this such an honest (while often times over the top) book.

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2018

A book that uses River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho to describe its main character in the first chapter was obviously written for me. Paul reminds me of other 90s-set lit I've read: JT Leroy with a Gender Studies degree and without the spectacle of trauma; The Orange Eats Creeps but less gutte...

wilde (jessica) rated it ★★★★☆

December 24, 2017

[4.5/5] Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl straddles the lines between pure punk indie lit and clever young adult fantasy while steeping itself in 90s nostalgia, mixtapes, and glittery, combat-booted goodness. It's a shapeshifting meditation on gender and queerness, too, one that allows itself...

Kelly rated it ★★★☆☆

January 15, 2018

I would give this book 3.5 stars It was interesting and well written. The main character was at times annoying and other times endearing. The book was a bit graphic at times. I feel like I would have enjoyed this book with the help of a literature professor to discuss key points, themes and symbol...

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