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Stray City

A warm, funny, and whip-smart debut novel about rebellious youth, inconceivable motherhood, and the complications of belongingto a city, a culture, and a familywhen none of them can quite contain who you really are.All of us were refugees of the nuclear family . . .Twenty-four-year-old artist Andrea Morales escaped her Midwestern Catholic childhoodand the closetto 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 friends betrayal, she recklessly crosses enemy lines and hooks up with a man. To her utter shock, Andrea soon discovers shes pregnantand 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 shes never known, Andrea is forced to reconcile the past she hoped to leave behind with the life shes worked so hard to build.A thoroughly modern and original anti-romantic comedy, Stray City is an unabashedly entertaining literary debut about the families were born into and the families we choose, about finding yourself by breaking the rules, and making bad decisions for all the right reasons....

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Stray City Reviews

  • Lauren

    Chelsey Johnson is a talent. Her words and sentences are colorful, smart, and edgy and you can feel every emotion she conveys. Her characters are flawed but realistic and though the story features queer women, as cisgender, I still found it all incredibly accessible.

    Stray City is a hopeful story of the family you have and the family you create, love and affection in all its forms, and what it was like to be queer and in Portland in the 1990’s.

    A truly unmissable novel.

  • Katie

    In 1999, when this book takes place, I was a 19 year old kid finding queer community/family in Vermont, a place that is often compared to Oregon. I recognized a lot of Andrea's life in my own, though thankfully not the fundie parents, and the need to flee.

    Andrea's story is believable, and complex. She loves her friends and feels complicated about her desire for a man despite her adamantly lesbian identity. I enjoyed her relationships, her love of music, their potluck dinners.

    Fast forward 10 ye

  • Shelly

    Excellent book. Is a debut novel but doesn’t read like one.

  • TL

    I won a copy via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.:)


    This one was a mixed bag throughout for me. I kept going through the cycle of "Pretty good", "Hmm... not sure" "Annoying" "Boring"

    The atmosphere was good but I never really connected to the main people themselves. I was interested enough to continue but it didn't much rise beyond that.

    That sounds super vague but I never really know what to say sometimes when I think a book is just "okay." Some

  • Esil

    4 high stars

    Stray 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 1990s, focusing on Andrea in her early twenties in Portland, Oregon. Andrea (or Andie as she is known by her friends) is gay, and living an insulated life within her tight knit community of friends. At a crisis point in her life, Andie “strays” toward a relationship with a man, which puts her at odds wi

  • Diane  Holcomb

    What if a lesbian has an affair with a man, gets pregnant, and decides to raise the kid on her own, a decision that makes her no longer welcome in the "lesbian mafia?" And what if that child wants to know who the father is, and connect with him?

    That's the premise of "Stray City," a story of love between women, a man and a woman, and a mother and daughter; and a love affair with the city of Portland, Oregon. The author divides the book into three sections: Part 1 told in first person from the POV

  • Elizabeth

    loved this! andie's arch voice tells this story perfectly including all the details & subcultures existing in PDX during the 90s & aughts. i loved seeing her navigate a bewildering (to her) relationship in such an authentic & understanding way and i was cheering for her the entire time.

  • Chloe Moffett

    Stray City is a phenomenal book - you will fall in love with Andrea and her chosen family, and adorable Lucia. The writing is absolutely beautiful, this is a profound story about home and family.