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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

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If you enjoyed Boys of Alabama, then you’ll love Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl.

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl represents a different kind of coming of age story. Set in 1993, Paul Polydoris is a gay man who studies queer theory, loves partying, makes zines, and has a very active dating life. But his secret, even from his closest friends, is that Paul is a shapeshifter. He is torn between his life as Paul and his lesbian, Riot Grrrl alter ego, Polly. He constantly desires to explore both lives. This book explores sexuality and gender identity in an explicitly queer way that isn’t seen often in books, tv shows or movies and provides one of the best descriptions of how it feels when queer people find their identity and community. While not for the unprepared, I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to understand what it feels like to be queer in America.”

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“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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