Stray City

Stray City Review

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-four-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

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  • 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. Unlike...

  • 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...

  • Elyse

    “MY PEOPLE” “ 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. For all the drive-through...

  • 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...

  • Bam

    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...

  • 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...

  • Theresa

    Thank you, William Morrow for sending me, "Stray City" by Chelsey Johnson, in exchange for an honest review.I really liked the emotional integrity of this novel. I enjoyed Andrea and Ryan's unconventi...

  • Amanda

    4.5 This ended pretty abruptly--I actually flipped back to double check--but it didn't end poorly. I just wanted so much more of the story! Excellent debut novel with wonderful characters!...

  • Kelly

    A friend got an advance reader copy for me, so I'm sorry y'all have to wait for this to come out! On the surface, it's kind of like a bingo card of things I would love: 1990s lesbian culture, Portland...