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Stray City

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Written with wit and sensitivity and exquisite emotional intelligence, Stray City is an absolute pleasure to read. Chelsey Johnson is one of the most refreshing new voices in literature." - Jami Attenberg

"A winsome novel about love and belonging—and the possibility of discovering both in the most unlikely of places, and among the most unexpected people. Tender and smart, Stray City is a fantastic debut from a huge talent." - Cristina Henríquez

"A love letter to Portland in the 90s, Stray City is a gorgeous, funny, sharply spot-on tale of growing up and making family again and again and again." - Michelle Tea

"Stray City has it all. As funny as it is moving; as joyful, as radically communal, as it is lonesome . . . Honestly, one of the most absorbing, finely-tuned books I’ve had the pleasure of falling down into. Chelsey Johnson is a wonder." - Justin Torres


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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stray City: A Novel
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
ISBN: 0-06-266668-1 / 978-0-06-266668-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Custom House
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March 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stray City: A Novel
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
ISBN: 0-06-266669-X / 978-0-06-266669-7 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stray City: A Novel
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
ISBN: 0-06-279186-9 / 978-0-06-279186-3 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Stray City
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
ISBN: 1-5385-0081-7 / 978-1-5385-0081-1
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March 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Stray City: A Novel
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
ISBN: 1-5385-0083-3 / 978-1-5385-0083-5
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Title: Stray City
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
ISBN: 1-5385-0082-5 / 978-1-5385-0082-8
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stray City: A Novel
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Title: Stray City: A Novel
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
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Title: Stray City: A Novel
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
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March 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Stray City: A Novel
Author(s): Chelsey Johnson
Publisher: Custom House
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