Queer Book Club: "Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl" by Andrea Lawlor!

October Queer Book Club: Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor

Up next for our reading group: a romp through gender, sex, and the queer spaces of the 90s! Be here Monday, October 14th at 7 pm for our discussion of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor!
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a coming-of-age story with a fantastic twist. This playful picaresque follows Paul, a narcissist dandy endowed with the ability to shapeshift at will. Driven to restlessness by his omnivorous performative and sexual impulses, Paul hits the road, inhabiting various identities as he winds his way from Iowa City to the Michigan Womyn's Festival to Provincetown to San Francisco, appraising the radical possibilities of his body's malleability all the while. As Paul reckons with the implications of his body's flux, he begins to come to terms with the fixed terms of his personal identity, and discovers that no matter how often he changes he cannot outrun his past. Peppered with fanciful asides that hint at Paul's mythological origins and chock full of references to queer hallmarks of the 1990s, this book is a pure delight!

"Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is playful, sexy, smart, and like nothing else I--or you--have ever read before."
-Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

"Restless, muscular, and playful.... A tight satisfying masterpiece."
-Eileen Myles, author of Evolution

"Fast-paced and cheeky...a touchingly sweet-hearted and deeply cool book."
-Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave

"I love this book in all it's ecstasy, wit, and hilarity....As rare as it is contagious."
-Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

"Joyous and ever-changing, whip-smart and brilliantly perverse, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is quite simply one of the most exciting--and one of the most fun--novels of the decade."
-Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You


Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525566182
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

Event date: 

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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