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Download Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl mobi Ì 354 pages ☆ [BOOKS] ⚡ Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl ✪ Andrea Lawlor – It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying He studies ueer theory hasFlâneur 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 wil It's the early 90s and Paul is a student and bartender immersed in the ueer subculture of Iowa City Paul is also a shapeshifter He can switch genders though he almost always thinks of himself as him; can make himself tallershorter masculinefeminine etc at will Paul's story is an emotionally immersive journey The first third of the book is relentlessly almost exhaustingly sexual with Paul jumping continually between liaisons with both men and women as both a man and a woman Paul is an embodiment of sex Lawlor says 'Paul is sex'; his character makes sense seen this way The reader never loses the sense that Paul's next encounter is no than a few pages away and the effect is a constant low level arousal a tense feeling of erotic anticipation that mirrors Paul's experienceThis is a breathless introduction moving swiftly from the start giving you no time to orientate yourself and as a result you'll be either pulled irresistibly into the book's flow or thrown out straight away I found it exhilarating I picked it up and read 100 pages in one gulp and I knew I had to find out what would become of PaulIn the middle third however the mood changes drastically As a woman known to others as Polly Paul falls in love with Diane He moves across states to be with her in Massachusetts The pace slows; frustration enters the picture Paul struggles with the inability to shift out of his female form with hiding his true nature from Diane Having been accustomed to changing himself according to his own whims Paul is now faced with the difficulties of compromising oneself for the sake of a relationship – for example his reluctant adoption of Diane's veganismThe final third shifts again It is neither a return to the brisk excitement of the early chapters nor a resolution of any sort There is a sense of greater maturity There is also a sense of fantastical mystery when Paul identifies a fellow shapeshifter a person known for most of the story as simply 'the youth' Yet I find it hard to really feel that Paul Takes the Form can be categorised as fantasy Lawlor is interested in how these fantasy elements touch the characters' lives and relationships not the nature of the abilities themselves Thus their mechanics and how they fit into the wider world of the novel remain obscure Diane too seems to have a preternatural ability – a way of talking to animals – but whether this is magic or intuition we never find outPaul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a fluid narrative that resists conclusions ending on a note of freedom and hope In other words its style and form entirely suit its central character I loved it for both its lively portrait of 90s counterculture and its chameleon like eminently loveable protagonistI received an advance review copy of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl from the publisher through NetGalleyTinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

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It’s and the Form eBook #184 Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying He studies ueer theory has a dyke best friend makes zines and is a I wrote this as an introduction to Andrea's reading for the NYC book launch at Bureau of General Services ueer 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 was a short story at that time and though as a young still presumably straight person there was much I didn’t yet understand about the live ueer world it captured I remember being struck by Paul’s aliveness on the page his roving desires and boundless curiosity about other people and how and what they desire How lucky we are that these exhilarated exhilarating desires and curiosities could not be contained in the space of short fiction that we have the full breadth and sweep of a novel to enjoy themAndrea was my first friend at Temple and uickly became a force of generosity and a well of cultural knowledge in my life connecting me to countless writers who would become formative gifting me copies of Dennis Cooper’s Discontents anthology Joe Brainard’s I Remember the 5x5 with Laurie Weeks’ Swallow I take note of this here because this praxis of bringing ueer literature to those in need reflects both Andrea’s generosity as well as their utter devotion to ueer literary community—a devotion that anchors the novel’s many semantic and stylistic citations which include Brainard John Rechy Samuel Delany James Baldwin Eileen Myles Frank O’Hara and so on And as Paul our literate hero notes Virginia Woolf’s gender bending Orlando may be his closest kin Paul is a ueer shapeshifter; he can change his body at will Whereas Orlando swaps genders within a straight context ueerly swooping herhis way across bourgeois English history Paul ueers the ueer 90s subtly troubling the various ueer subcultures into which he gains entry Variously a leather cub a Riot Grrrl a stoic butch and a monogamish lesbian vegan Paul is never stably “man” nor “woman” but bothand; and no matter what sex he embodies at the moment he can butch it up or down As he himself observes he “belongs in all the genders”; his gender identity is thus enthusiastically capacious and expansively cross identificatory Is Paul gay Bi A dyke Transmasculine Transfeminine Nonbinary Intersex Paul is all He’s fantasy And he’s desire It seems as though sex has become less represented implied than described in a lot of contemporary ueer literature “I miss the transgressive ueer 90s” I complained in my book club last month Andrea revives them here investigating an impressively broad range of ueer sexual encounters spanning multiple sexual communities The result is an adamantly pro ueer pro sex novel It’s not just the frank depictions of sex that mark the novel as rooted in the 90s; like Orlando Paul is an historical creature made in and of the 90s where he hops between ueer cultures from Iowa City to Boystown Chicago to the Michigan Women’s Music Festival from Provincetown to San Francisco with ACT UP era New York beating strong in the background If Andrea has written a historical novel it’s history made present tense 90s ueer politics refracted through the lens of contemporary ueer and trans discourse Paul our slippery shapeshifter straddles both In the looking back history shakes loose and we remember we remember we remember and we match then to now past to possibility Even as his body refuses fixity Paul’s character remains constant irrepressibly witty and pretty but mostly gay; a shark a hunter a pleasure seeker; a flaneur seeking contact an artist accumulating experience

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal GirlL in a series of adventures that take him from Iowa City to Paul Takes MOBI #8608 Boystown to Provincetown and finally to San Francisco a journey through the deep ueer archives of struggle and pleasure This novel reminded me of two other contemporary novels Black Wave by Michelle Tea who blurbed this novel and Heartland by Ana Simo because all three challenged me in the same way All three are written in a careful breezy style by that I mean the writing is uite careful and in many instances beautiful and poetic but the voice is crafted to give the impression of near artlessness All three are also about social relationships that aren't within the heteronormative andor cisgender experience and as such they occupy a space where relatively few novels live as yet Authors writing about the cis het experience can employ all kinds of shorthand in their writing it seems to me because readers are already trained to the 'beats' of cis het relationships in fiction When almost every novel you've ever read is about cishet people then you develop as a reader the experience to anticipate almost every possible outcome in relationships between characters Because the authors of these three novels are interested in exploring non normative relationships and characters though their novels have a lacy uality to me where I can't see the pattern in relationships from the beginning and where I have no expectation of what's going to happen next I was a little lost fictionally speaking It was kind of wonderfulJust now this novel is my favorite of the three I thought it was the best written and the most daring I recommend all three of them though