-CANON LITERATURE: This novel was originally published in November 2017 by Rescue Press. After some phenomenal reviews, the book developed such a cult following that Rescue were unable to keep up with the printing. We really view this book as a future entry into the canon of LGBTQ literature, and it deserves a large-scale publication. Already being taught in college courses and included on must-read lists, the book is on its way to becoming a classic.
-AMAZING ACCOLADES: The novel has already garnered high praise from writers such as Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson. The New Yorker wrote that Lawlor “successfully mixes pop culture, gender theory, and smut.” The novel was also a finalist for the LAMBDA literary awards.
-TOPICAL: An unprecedented interest in identity politics and willingness to challenge gender norms means that this book will resonate with readers. Additionally, it echoes some of the themes in books such as Her Body and Other Parties, which The New York Times hailed as “the new vanguard” of fiction.
-TV: Rights were sold in a “very elite” deal to a top secret (but highly lauded) production company. More details to follow.
-CULT FANDOM: Readers have already fallin in love with this book. One consumer review reads: “a nostalgic trip back to the queer 90s wrapped up in a speculative temporal-space odyssey that inspires a meditation on gender, sex, identity, home, atmosphere, place, and love. Because what else is there?”
“Groundbreaking, shape- and genre-shifting work from a daring writer; a fresh novel that elevates questions of sexual identity and intimacy.” -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Exploring the malleability of gender and desire, and paying homage to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the book follows Paul—sometimes Polly—as s/he searches for love and the ’uncontaminated truest’ self. The quest leads through New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis, Iowa City’s queer punk scene, off-season Provincetown, a womyn’s festival in Michigan, and, finally, San Francisco. Lawlor successfully mixes pop culture, gender theory, and smut, but [their] greatest achievement is that Paul is no mere symbol but a vibrantly yearning being, ’like everybody else, only more so.’” - The New Yorker
“A hilarious, original, gender-fluid novel replete with 1990s cachet, sex, and queer identity…a new benchmark for gender-nonconforming literature that introduces the undeniable skill,talent, and originality of new voice in fiction” -Foreword (starred review)
“A witty and raucous portrait of LGBT radicalism during the early 90s….An exhilarating picaresque hero.” -Washington Blade
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