Stray City Lib/E (Compact Disc)

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This book combines four of the best elements to make an interesting novel: the 90s, rock’n’roll, Portland, and an accidental pregnancy. Andy moved to Portland to escape her conservative parents who disapproved of her being a lesbian. She never thought she would be pregnant, live an almost heterosexual life, until she met Ryan, who changed all that...kind of...Complex characters who don’t really know what they want drive this story, making it a fascinating read clear to the end. 

— Lulu

To anyone who hates Portlandia as much as I, Stray City is a true ode to the Portland of the 90's. With healthy doses of bicycles, queers, and punk discord, Johnson weaves a story of belonging – or not belonging: the struggle of being at odds with those you love and care about. It's about life testing your convictions and making it through.

Tissues may come in handy towards the end with Johnson’s heartwarming story that echoes voices of runaway youth, finding a sense of place, family, and growing up.

— Marissa Santillan

April 2018 Indie Next List

“A coming-of-age story about Andrea, a Midwestern, Catholic, artistic lesbian who escapes her family to try and find herself. After moving to Portland, Oregon, in the '90s, Andrea gets involved in printmaking and music, meets a circle of people she depends upon, experiences a breakup, and finds a new friend. I could not put this novel down once I started it. When I was down to the last 10 pages, I read as slowly as I could, savoring every last word about the people I had come to know in Stray City. Such a good story!”
— Nona Camuel, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781538500811
ISBN-10: 1538500817
Publisher: Custom House
Publication Date: March 20th, 2018
Language: English