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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A musician is torn between his perfect wife and a young actor in an unconventional, inescapable love triangle.

Thirty-year-old Kent McKutcheon has come to Atlanta with little ambition beyond his earnest desire to grow up and be a good person.  But after a year of contented, stable existence with his Mennonite wife, Maggie, a defense attorney with a passion for s
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published February 9th 2007 by MacAdam Cage
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Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is so long. But! I forgive it because it is so beautifully written. Which is even more impressive because I ended up not caring about any of the characters. It is hard for me to have empathy toward people who commit adultery (even though I am fascinated with novels that have this plotline! I have never had such a strong reaction to a book than when I read Mercy by Jodi Picoult.) I actually liked that the ending was ambiguous because I got to imagine my own conclusions. (The insufferable men drowned and/o ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I came across Stray while I reading Sheri Joseph's first novel Bear Me Safely Over (a book I'm having a harder time trying to finish, but I digress). Stray hooked me from the first chapter. The relationships between Paul, Kent, and Maggie were fascinating. The delicate dance between Paul and Kent as they attempted to hide their collusion from Maggie certainly helped to make Stray a page turner. Joseph does a good job of showing three distinct personalities here. I had minor quibbles with the boo ...more
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Feb 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Not a very good book. An exploration of complicated relationships between a young gay actor (Paul), his former boyfriend (Kent), and Kent's new wife (Maggie).

If you like lots of drama, without a lot of pesky insight, you'll enjoy this one.

The characters are so self-indulgently obsessed with their romantic/sex lives, they ignore very real problems. For example, Maggie is a public defender with a client who is about to get the chair, but she pretty actively leaves his case
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
About half way in to this book, I'm curious and enjoying it. Although, I can't seem to connect with Kent, one of the main characters. I need more development on him in order for him to be more real. I can also relive my Atlanta days based on the book setting.
I was ready to give this book 4 stars. I had a hard time getting into it (bit too graphic sex scenes for my taste) and then I couldn't put it down. While I'll admit it was very well written, the ending killed it for me. This was a book about an impossible situation. I wanted some resolution.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
There was no real ending! Otherwise I really enjoyed this book.
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes good writing
Shelves: fiction
This is her first novel and a promising new favorite author! She writes really well - so vividly. I look forward to more from Sheri Joseph!
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Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a cool and smart and suspenseful book this is.
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Sheri Joseph’s novel STRAY (MacAdam/Cage, 2007) was awarded the Grub Street National Book Prize. Her cycle of stories, BEAR ME SAFELY OVER (Grove/Atlantic Press, 2002), a two-time Book Sense selection, shares some characters with STRAY. Her latest novel, WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME, is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press in 2013. Winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship ...more
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