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.
Publisher: New York City : Custom House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062666680
0062666681
9780062666697
006266669X
Characteristics: 416 pages ; 22 cm

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BPLAdultLibrarians Sep 14, 2016

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, When an affair lands her pregnant, she decides to have the baby and Andrea is forced to reco... Read More »


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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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