Stray City

Stray City

A Novel

Large Print - 2018
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"A thoughtful and joyous literary experience that celebrates its characters and liberally rewards its readers." --New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

"I tore through this novel like an orphaned reader seeking a home in its ragtag yet shimmering world." -- Carrie Brownstein

"Our '90s nostalgia is hella high these days, and this tender, funny story made our aging hipster hearts sing." -- Marie Claire

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.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: Large print ed, First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062791863
Branch Call Number: LP JOHNSON
Characteristics: 547 pages ; 23 cm

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lukasevansherman
Apr 15, 2018

Chelsey Johnson's debut novel is a described on the flap as an "antiromantic comedy," but is it a love letter to Portland, where Johnson, who lives and teaches in Virginia, spent some time. Andrea escapes her conservative Midwest upbringing for the liberal, lesbian wilds of 90s Portland. She accidentally gets involved with a guy and gets pregnant. Portlanders will enjoy all the local references (Satyricon, Dead Moon, Holman's, La Bonita, the Egyptian Club), others might find it a little slight. Unsurprisingly, Carrie Brownstein has an endorsement blurb on the cover.

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