Reviews

From Sarah Fonseca at Lambda Literary: "An intelligent and dashing work, Paul Takes the Form is destined to become, in the time-honored tradition of The Price of Salt, Rubyfruit Jungle, and Valencia, the go-to coming of age novel for the latest generation of wanderlustful rabble-rousers." [full review here]

From Michael Valinsky at the LA Review of Books: "...an intoxicatingly rousing masterpiece..." [full review here]

From Kirkus Reviews: “This is groundbreaking, shape- and genre-shifting work from a daring writer; a fresh novel that elevates questions of sexual identity and intimacy.” [full starred review here]

From the Washington Blade: "...a witty and raucous portrait of LGBT radicalism during the early ‘90s....an exhilarating picaresque hero..." [full review here]

From Monica Carter at Foreword: "...a hilarious, original, gender-fluid novel replete with 1990s cachet, sex, and queer identity.... addressing self-discovery, connection, and acceptance in a raucous, inventive way." [full starred review here]

From Booklist: "...plays beautifully with contradiction and genre: it’s a coming-of-age fairy tale without the easy moral, a mix of comedy and tenderness and backroom sexual exploits." [full review to come]

Early praise:

From Eileen Myles: “I am such a fan. Andrea Lawlor’s prose is restless, muscular and playful and uncannily able to zero in on the cultural details that make the world Paul is travelling through shimmer and pucker with truth. Stealth too. Lawlor is either a good “liver” or a good liar. They know. In Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Lawlor takes the ancient trope of “the changeling” and makes it be me, you. Paul’s such a funny book that studies how studied we are especially when we go out. Who do we seek and who or what is seeking? It’s a tight satisfying masterpiece which I am very glad to hand you if you happen to love sex, clothes, literature which now includes the apparitional blessing of a new elastic genre (which Paul initiates) that seamlessly makes both what’s out there and in here less lonely, less fixed and less fake. This book updates the present. In Andrea Lawlor’s fiction the dream walks, and I watch. Paul’s got flickering feet like Mercury.”     

From Maggie Nelson: “I love this book, in all its ecstasy, wit, and hilarity. I laughed out loud in recognition and appreciation of Lawlor’s spot-on portrait of an era, scene, and soundtrack, the novel’s particular sluice of pleasures, fluids, and feelings. The liberatory rush of Lawlor’s writing is as rare as it is contagious, not to mention HOT. Paul is on fire, and an antihero for the ages.”

From Michelle Tea: “Fast-paced and cheeky, full of intellectual riffs, of observations so sharp they feel like gossip Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a touchingly sweet-hearted and deeply cool book. Andrea Lawlor has written a magic story, showing us the real magic of our world in the process. If you like your humor supersmart and your theory full of camp and irony and heart, you won’t be able to put this book down.”