MHC lecturer’s novel: Changing shape, gender

Andrea Lawlor, who has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs, will be reading from “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl” on Nov. 14.

By Xiomara Núñez '20

In a new novel, “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl,” writer Andrea Lawlor explores the wide variety of experiences of LGBT people during the early 1990s by creating a protagonist who moves between shapes, genders and bodies in a series of adventures that take him around the country, including to Iowa City, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Provincetown and San Francisco.

Lawlor, who teaches creative writing at Mount Holyoke College, will discuss the novel on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.

Kirkus Reviews called the novel “a magical, sexual, and hopeful debut novel about transcending boundaries of gender to pursue emotional connection.”

A fiction editor for Fence magazine, Lawlor’s work has also appeared in Ploughshares, The Millions and The Brooklyn Rail, among other publications.

The event is co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke’s English department.