Stray City

Stray City

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A warm, funny, and whip-smart debut novel about rebellious youth, inconceivable motherhood, and the complications of belonging—to a city, a culture, and a family—when none of them can quite contain who you really are.

All of us were refugees of the nuclear family . . .

Twenty-three-year-old artist Andrea Morales escaped her Midwestern Catholic childhood—and the closet—to create a home and life for herself within the thriving but insular lesbian underground of Portland, Oregon. But one drunken night, reeling from a bad breakup and a friend’s betrayal, she recklessly crosses enemy lines and hooks up with a man. To her utter shock, Andrea soon discovers she’s pregnant—and despite the concerns of her astonished circle of gay friends, she decides to have the baby.

A decade later, when her precocious daughter Lucia starts asking questions about the father she’s never known, Andrea is forced to reconcile the past she hoped to leave behind with the life she’s worked so hard to build.

A thoroughly modern and original anti-romantic comedy, Stray City is an unabashedly entertaining literary debut about the families we’re born into and the families we choose, about finding yourself by breaking the rules, and making bad decisions for all the right reasons.

Title:Stray City
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062666680
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    Stray City Reviews

  • Will Byrnes

    I was like a bird who stashed every feather it molted. I’d nested in old selves for too long, afraid I’d need them again. Andrea Morales came to Portland, Oregon, to attend Reed College. Unli...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Update... $1.99 Kindle download today. It’s fresh - - vibrant - - funny - - insightful - - darn good!!!Creative - takes place in Portland! “MY PEOPLE” “ Portland in the Nineties was a lot like...

  • karen

    The naked man body still made me bashful. You get used to seeing naked women all your life, but a man’s floppy cluster looks so exposed and hapless.this is a sweet, breezy reversal of the “gay for...

  • Esil

    4 high starsStray Friends was a lovely surprise. I had no expectations when I started this book, knowing nothing about the story or the author. The first part of the story takes place in the late 1990...

  • Thomas

    A heartwarming and witty book about a lesbian who has sex with a man, gets pregnant, and decides to keep the baby. Though Stray City pays homage to a distinct setting and community - the lesbian under...

  • Liz

    “Portland in the Nineties was a lot like me - broke, struggling with employment, mostly white, mostly hopeful even though there was no real change in sight .” This initial sentence of Stray City g...

  • Bam cooks the books ;-)

    Andrea Morales was born and raised in rural Nebraska, part of a devout Catholic family. When she comes to the realization as a young teen that she is lesbian, she tries to be the best daughter she can...

  • Chloe

    Lesbian books written for straight people are just *icky*. I should have been on my guard when I noticed it was a large publishing house that released this rather than the struggling small presses who...

  • Meike

    This "Tournament of Books 2019" longlistee is compulsively readable, and it was easy to tackle these well-written 432 pages in two days. In her debut novel, Johnson tells the story of Andrea Morales, ...

  • Selena

    I received a free copy of Stray City by Chelsey Johnson from Goodreads for my review.A very well-told nicely written debut novel. The main character, Andrea, who is a lesbian, has a fling with a heter...