A warm, funny, and whip-smart debut novel about rebellious youth, inconceivable motherhood, and the complications of belongingA??to a city, a culture, and a familyA??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 childhoodA??and the closetA??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 friendA??s betrayal, she recklessly crosses enemy lines and hooks up with a man. To her utter shock, Andrea soon discovers sheA??s pregnantA??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 sheA??s never known, Andrea is forced to reconcile the past she hoped to leave behind with the life sheA??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 weA??re born into and the families we choose, about finding yourself by breaking the rules, and making bad decisions for all the right reasons.
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"Natalie Moore's youthful voice is a good match for 24-year-old Andrea Morales, who--rejected by her Midwestern parents--has finally found her tribe in the lesbian community of Portland, Oregon, in the 1990s. After a bad breakup, however, Andrea impulsively seeks comfort from a male friend, and ends up pregnant. Confident in her sexual identity despite her brief affair, Andrea is unsure about motherhood and is worried about being welcomed back into the Lesbian Mafia fold. Although Moore's characterizations are engaging, listeners would benefit from more distinct voices, especially for the men. For the most part, though, Moore catches the essence of this audiobook. Her light and breezy delivery highlights the humor, and she tones down her performance when the story turns to the painful truths of being gay in America. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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