Stray City

Stray City

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age and modern family drama, set in the queer underground of late 90s Portland, that explores the complications of belonging--to a city, a culture, and a family--and what happens when those forms can't quite contain who you really are"-- Provided by publisher.
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. 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 she decides to have the baby. A decade later, when 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Custom House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062666680
0062666681
9780062666697
006266669X
Branch Call Number: FICTION JOHNSON 2018
Characteristics: 416 pages ; 22 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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