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Stay and Fight

Helen arrives in Appalachian Ohio full of love and her boyfriend’s ideas for living off the land. Too soon, with winter coming, he calls it quits. Helped by Rudy—her government-questioning... more

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Stay and Fight Details

TitleStay and Fight
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreFiction, Literary Fiction, GLBT, Queer, LGBT, Novels

Stay and Fight Reviews

  • Christine
    Aug 29, 2019
    Well, this is different. Quirky, with a capital “Q”. And I liked it. Stay and Fight is about a makeshift family in Appalachian Ohio that gets together basically in order to help each other out. Two lesbians and their infant son have to leave their cabin in The Women’s Land Trust because of the sex of their baby. They come together with Helen, a woman stuck on a piece of rural land, dumped by her boyfriend. They build a house the best they can and for the most part live off the land with a ... more
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Mar 24, 2019
    Things I learned from Stay and Fight:- people are mean- people are even meaner to you if you're different- and even more so if you're also poor or any kind of minority- but it's still alright to be differentStay and Fight was gritty, sometimes brutal and cynnical, real and rough, but it was also a gem, a pure wonder. It's told in a very honest and very raw way - you can basically feel, smell and see it all, because it's so colorful and full of energy.And so I loved this book with incredible Th... more
  • Fiona
    Oct 21, 2019
    Stay and Fight is one of those odd books that make themselves so very difficult to review, by way of being incredibly good and incredibly hard to pin down to why. It's not going to be for everyone - the book kicks off with the story of a man who almost let his p*nis rot off one winter rather than see a doctor, and that's most likely the best way to let readers sort out for themselves whether they'd like to read this book or not. But it's really a book about three women who learn who they are and... more
  • Barbara
    Jul 21, 2019
    I’m a huge fan of character driven novels, especially ones in which characters narrate their turn of events. In this incredibly quirky novel, “Stay and Fight” author and Appalachia environmental activist, Madeline Ffitch, provides the reader with the ugly downside of the gas pipeline projects. But it’s more than that; it’s also a story of survivalist sorts trying to live peacefully, outside social norms, in untraditional ways. This way of life becomes a problem for society’s do-goode... more
  • Jake
    Dec 7, 2018
    Thanks to goodreads and the publisher for the free copy! This is the story of a woman who moves to Appalachia with her boyfriend to live off the land (his idea). He quickly bails out at the first sign of difficulty. She stays and barely survives the first winter. Needing reinforcements, she invites a lesbian couple who need a new place to live. The have a new baby boy making them ineligible to stay on Woman's Trust land any longer. They mix with a hillbilly anti-authoritarian who usually has T... more
  • Megan
    Dec 22, 2019
    Queer family (dyke couple + son + nonrelated "Mean Aunt") in rural Appalachia living a hard glowing life on the land that gets disrupted the minute their son interfaces with "Outside" via school; as the pipeline cutting across their acreage portends doom. Lots of grit and animal guts in this tale of tough love and chosen family (plus snakes) -- Zazen crossed with Mostly Dead Things with the bite of Dorothy Allison. I read this in two days, fell right in.
  • Andrea
    Jan 27, 2019
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.75 but rounding up. Let me begin by saying I don't think the blurb was accurate. NOT at all "hilarious." Certainly some humor, but... Definitely a novel about family and independent spirit. Also described as a protest novel--again, not a conventional protest per se, but an alternate lifestyle--way out of the mainstream. Populated by strong, stubborn women--not necessarily likeable. Told in the voices of the main I received... more
  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
    Oct 1, 2019
    I found the writing style and the character development really good. The plot was somehow okayish. It's the contrasting characters that made me read it till the end. The boy is my favourite character. And this is the only character that kept me going. The lgbt issue was handled well. The creepiness level is medium I would like to say though it wasn't meant to be something creepy. The characters will stay with me. And there's a huge twist that awaits you towards the later half. I loved reading ... more
  • meg
    Jan 27, 2019
    4.5 rounded up. I was actually really startled by how much I ended up enjoying this book. The writing was crisp and clean yet evocative. The shifting first-person POV really worked for me and I absolutely loved the way the differing personalities were revealed through the eyes of others. I even found the child narrator charming and hilarious, and I usually find child narrators deeply annoying. (Yes, even in Room! That's how good this was.) The one thing that kept coming up again and again is 4... more
  • Wanda
    Feb 21, 2019
    'Hilarious, truth-telling?' The most hilarious thing about this book is Goodreads’ description of it: ‘A rightful heir to great American novels from A Confederacy of Dunces to The Grapes of Wrath to LaRose'. Ha, not even close. That’s not to say I didn’t (eventually) get caught up in this unconventional, off-the-grid family saga. But a couple of situations such as the one the social worker walked into on a welfare check were so ridiculous they undermined any chance I had of seeing this... more
  • Alena
    Sep 8, 2019
    After 75 pages I still couldn't engage with the characters or the story -- really didn't care to find out what might happen so sadly have to give up on this one.
  • Elizabeth Jackson
    Jul 26, 2019
    Was this book amazing or insane? I still have no idea but I couldn’t put it down and I am still thinking about it. 1 Star for gross snakes and the vague quick wrap up at the end and for characters who just wont get off their asses not to be stupid. 5 stars for writing and telling a fascinating story I haven’t read before in quite this was and for being unputdownable.
  • Sara
    Apr 28, 2019
    I dunno what to say about this, but it was lovely and featured a non-heteronornative family unit and I liked that. Also, the little kid's POV was amazing
  • Grace (9racereads)
    Feb 6, 2019
    Let me start by saying that while I enjoyed this book overall (and more on that in a minute), it isn’t exactly how it was first marketed to me. The pitch claims it is a humorous book, and sure, there are humorous moments, but I really wouldn’t suggest this one to a reader looking for something funny. The story also claims to be about Helen and her boyfriend leaving her, but it is much more than that, and I think that the reader should go into it thinking little of the boyfriend, because Le... more
  • Debi Hawkes
    Apr 4, 2019
    "One winter, Rudy got an infection in his testicles while he lay out drunk on coal company land in a one-room shack that didn’t belong to him."Intriguing, quirky beginning. I love "quirky", this style continued throughout the book, from the character descriptions/actions, the lifestyle, and the plot.So I should be a happy camper, right? Hmmm... a bit disappointed actually. Solid 3 star read for me, but it could have been more, almost felt unfinished with a slapped on wrap up.I received an ARC ... more
  • James (JD) Dittes
    Mar 1, 2019
  • Rachel Watkins
    Apr 21, 2019
    Who decides what makes a family? STAY AND FIGHT is a weird and wonderful story of living off the grid, communal living and the enormity of being a parent. ffitch's debut deeply connects to our planet's impending environmental crisis without preaching. The characters dig in when they believe they're right, and their tenacity (and sometimes obvious impending train wrecks) is terribly entertaining.
  • BookGypsy
    Jul 9, 2019
    Stay and fight. Exactly what happens. This was everything I thought it would be going in. I love southern grit and this was gritty. Life in the Appalachian mountains. An odd family living off the grid. Quirky characters, survivalist, snakes and outsiders interfering. A story of a family. Excellent southern grit debut. I enjoyed it. Dawnny-BookGypsyNovels N Latte Book ClubHudson Valley NY
  • Richard
    Dec 15, 2019
    One of the best books I've read in a long time, and definitely the best book I read this year. It woke my brain up after months and months of exhaustion from writing, and from reading a bunch of things I wasn't that crazy about. Funny, tough, detailed, muddy, wild, emotionally satisfying. AND THE LANGUAGE! I'm in love with this book.
  • Mary
    Aug 5, 2019
    drawn in deep by wilderness, queer family, and a commitment that is a kind of rebellion, ongoing & evolving. is this what a political love letter looks like? all my dreams were filled with black snakes.
  • Easton Smith
    Oct 28, 2019
    A wild, beautiful, and at times frustrating ride with a band of lonely people trying to make a meaningful life in the woods. For all of the idealism captured in this book it always felt remarkably real. For all of its rough edges it was gentle. For all the big ideas, subtle. Can’t wait to read more from Ffitch.
  • Jan Boyd
    Aug 25, 2019
    So good!! I can’t wait to see more from Madeline ffitch!
  • Angie
    Jul 28, 2019
    The characters in this book! I got sucked into their crazy lives and I couldn’t stop. This one will stay with me for awhile.
  • Carol Ann
    Jul 24, 2019
    It's been a long time since a book has pulled me in so completely and made me feel things so intensely. Come for the Appalachian homesteading, stay for the characters, and keep coming back because your heart has planted asparagus here.Ffitch is one of those rare authors who can bring flawed, absurd, and ultimately realistic characters to the page and then illuminate them in affectionate and loving light. Reading this book I can imagine for a moment meeting all the annoyingly dysfunctional humans... more
  • Marie
    Jul 14, 2019
    Brilliant prose that hooks you, plus a plot about the ethics of raising kids outside the culture. What else could you want?
  • Susan
    Jan 31, 2019
    This is a remarkable book, one that I would most likely have set aside for its strangeness, but I was so captivated by the characters and how their lives evolved, moving back and forth in an unusual dance, that I could not put it down.Although I am rarely at a loss for words, I am now. The book is indescribable and must be experienced by the reader. I’ll just say when you have a survivalist young woman who invites a lesbian couple, one very pregnant, onto her virtually uninhabitable land, a ha... more
  • Susanne Gulde
    Oct 24, 2019
    This book sat on our library's new shelf for two months with not one circulation so I wanted to see what it was about. Very well written, a good story and crazy characters. I mean all the characters are unusual and I went between loving them and wondering how they could be so clueless. I went between admiring the life they were living and being aghast at how they were living. I think they will all stay with me for quite some time.
  • Erin
    May 7, 2019
    This is one of the best books I've ever read.
  • Yonit
    Aug 9, 2019
    A strange book with a motley cast of unlikable characters that was strangely compelling
  • Miss Maureen
    Jul 21, 2019
    I'm 4 pages into the story and the words " he said, she said, he asked, she asked " have probably been written in 48 times. So aggravating to have a writer repeat this over and over, like the reader is so ignorant & has no idea someone is asking or talking. A female couple and a single straight woman, Helen, become friends. 1of the women in the couple, Lilly, has a baby boy. They decide to live on the single woman's land & build a house together. It's not a very good house, but it I'm 4 pages... more