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Stay and Fight
Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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This hilarious, truth-telling debut upends notions of family, protest, and Appalachia, and forces us to reimagine an America we think we know Helen arrives in Appalachian Ohio full of love and eager to carry out her boyfriends ideas for living off the land. Too soon, with winter coming, her boyfriend calls it quits. Helped by Rudy, her government-questioning, wisdom-spouting, seasonal-affective-disordered boss, and a neighbor couple, Helen makes it to spring. But Karen and Lily are expecting their first child, a boy, which means their time at the Womens Land Trust is over. So Helen invites the new family to throw in with hertheyll split the work and the food, build a house, and make a life that sustains them, if barely, for years. Then young Perley decides he wants to go to school. And Rudy sets up a fruit-tree nursery on the pipeline easement edging their land. Soon, the outside world is brought clamoring into their makeshift family. Set in a region known for its independent spirit, Madeline ffitchs Stay and Fight shakes up what it means to be a family, to live well, to make peace with nature and make deals with the system. It is a protest novel that challenges the viability of strategic action. It is a family novel that refuses to limit the possibilities of love. And it is a debut that both breaks with tradition and celebrates it. A rightful heir to great American novels from A Confederacy of Dunces to The Grapes of Wrath to LaRose, Stay and Fight takes you, laughing and thinking, into a new understanding of the American landscape and what it means to be free.
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Sydneypaige
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Told through alternating voices of the characters throughout, this is a story about found family in Appalachia. This story weaves through so many heavy topics of environmentalism, hate toward the poor and gay folks, racism, and child welfare. It‘s not a breeze through type book, it‘s slow and heavy, but it is compelling and the characters feel so real.

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merelybookish
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Pickpick

About halfway through, following an incident with a snake, I thought I'm either going to love or hate this book. But in the end, I feel mostly respect for a story unlike any I've read before.
It's about a trio of women survivalists in Applachia who are barely surviving. It's about poverty, and gas pipelines, about trying to resist the system and the systems that still oppress and what it means to build family and community in spite of it all. 👇

merelybookish Snakes feature prominently in the book and the author, who still lives in this part of the country (Appalachia Ohio), must like snakes, as evidenced by this photo. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Gosh! I can‘t ‘unsee‘ this pic now! 😨 I‘m definitely NOT stacking this! 😱 (edited) 3y
Tamra Just, no..... 😦 3y
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Sorry! Definitely don't read this book if snakes trigger you! 😰 3y
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merelybookish
Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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My current listen. I can't decide if it's challenging or reenforcing stereotypes about Appalachia. 🤔
Also, who the heck names a boy Perley?

GingerAntics It‘s amazing what some people will name their sons (or even their children!). I hear these names sometimes and I‘m thinking, are you sure that‘s a boy‘s name?! 3y
lele1432 I think I bailed on this one in the first 5min. I didn't even count it as a bail, just immediately returned it back to the library. It didn't seem like the book for me lol. 3y
merelybookish @GingerAntics This boy has two mothers, so maybe it's an intentional challenge to gender norms. 3y
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merelybookish @lele1432 Before starting this book, I bailed on the tagged book after 20 mins. Might have made me feel like I should stick with this one. 3y
GingerAntics Oh I suppose it could be, yeah. 3y
lele1432 I think I might have bailed on that one too. 🤔 3y
merelybookish @lele1432 It started with infants twins making sarcastic comments to each other telepathically.🙄 So it was an easy nope for me. 3y
lele1432 Lol! 🤣 3y
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TheLibrarian
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Mehso-so

The description states that this book will have us “laughing” but I didn‘t laugh once. To me this book was actually heartbreaking. Overall this was an alright story about family, communal living, being a parent, and challenging societal norms.

#NetGalley #arc

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avalinah
Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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Pickpick

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 different

Full review: http://bit.ly/2ZYpocG

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TheLibrarian
Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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Currently enjoying the great outdoors while reading and painting my nails.

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akaGingerK
Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this ARC. Definitely some thematic similarities to this winter‘s Sugar Run by Mesha Maren, but I was not as stressed out while reading- there‘s a fundamental stubborn optimism in Stay and Fight that appealed to me.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Panpan

I requested Stay and Fight because it is set in rural Appalachia, a region that I grew up in. I got a definite Hillbilly Elegy vibe from this one, a niggling disappointment that readers might extrapolate from this book that this is the stubborn and meager way that everyone lives and behaves in that part of the country. The blurb suggests that there is humor in this book, but I found it to be quite humorless. #netgalley

Suet624 😂😂😂 great photo. 4y
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Rhondareads
Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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This sounds perfect for me a quirky novel great cast of characters 😁