Stray City

Stray City

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A ... 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Custom House, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062666680
Characteristics: 416 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 10, 2019

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wish certain situations were handled differently, or at least addressed (quite a lot of biphobia displayed, but not acknowledged at ANY point). Though...likely very accurate ideology for queer Portland in the 90s, so I'll let it slide.
I kept cringing thinking the storyline was going to take a turn I didn't want it to take. I was satisfied with the ending and would read more by this author.

Jun 14, 2019

Potential spoilers ahead: I really like the way that this book is structured by splitting the three parts into three different point of views (first, second, and third person). I think this was a very creative approach to the storytelling and the book is definitely worth a read to experience that.

However, there is some biphobic ideologies in the book. Some of this biphobia was internalized by the main character and some was externalized by the main character's lesbian friend group. As a person who identifies as bisexual and has experienced biphobia in my life these passages were incredibly upsetting to read.

JCLHelenH Feb 21, 2019

Andrea Morales learns the hard way what happens when the consequences of your actions conflict with your identity.

Oct 12, 2018

An enjoyable book, especially if one is nostalgic for the grunge age and/or Portland before it was trendy. The characters are all sympathetic and you'll be rooting for them to work everything out.

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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