Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch

Stay and Fight

"Like Bastard Out of Carolina, ffitch's electrifying debut novel is a paean to independence and a protest against the materialism of our age." —O: The Oprah Magazine "Delightfully raucous." —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street JournalHelen 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, wisdom-spouting, seasonal-a...


Details Stay and Fight

TitleStay and Fight
ISBN9780374719715
Author
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreFiction, Literary Fiction
Rating

Reviews Stay and Fight

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    1970-01-01
    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 en...
  • Tam_ the_ med_bookie
    1970-01-01
    ''I said, You can keep my comic books.He said, I'll give you my force field.''This literally made me happy and sad at the same time.This is the slow kind of good read where even the different POVs work just fine.This one has characters which you feel like you have known them as they are but you cannot reach them and not actually know what they are thinking.The writing style is good. The characters are good weird to read about.The events described...
  • Jake
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    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 lik...
  • meg
    1970-01-01
    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 on...
  • Wanda
    1970-01-01
    '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 ridiculo...
  • Grace (9racereads)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Debi Hawkes
    1970-01-01
    "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 unfin...
  • meg
    1970-01-01
    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 on...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    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
  • BookGypsy
    1970-01-01
    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
  • James (JD) Dittes
    1970-01-01
    How did Farrar, Straus and Giroux miss the obvious title for this book--Snakes in a Shack!--and settle for the anodyne, Stay and Fight?I can't blame Madeline Ffitch for this oversight, because she does her job brilliantly: unveiling one of America's most misunderstood cultures (Appalachian hillbillies), creating characters that readers will root for, and illustrating the lush, tangled landscape of southeastern Ohio.Helen, a transplant from Washin...
  • Rachel Watkins
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the best books I've ever read.
  • Ray Sinclair
    1970-01-01
    There are many layers in this wonderful saga of queer, feminist, off-the-grid life in Appalachia Ohio. Ffitch skillfully weaves together issues of poverty, environment, gender, non-traditional families, property, living close to the land, and a conflicted relationship with establishment systems of education, heath care, foster care and employment. This seems like a plate full of perspectives that is too big for this relatively quick read, but ffi...
  • Steffy
    1970-01-01
    "Leaving is just leaving. Staying is the hard thing.""We have to decide when to take action. Some people decide never to take action at all. Some people look back on a jumble of uncertain floundering and to cast the right frame around it so that they can remember doing the ring thing when it counted."A few chapters into the story and I felt like the marketing for this book was a little off. I received an ARC at the beginning of the year and to th...
  • Susan Kaplan
    1970-01-01
    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 pre...
  • Mary Ann
    1970-01-01
    Appalachia conjures up images in most people's minds, and Madeline Ffitch creates believable, rough, stubborn women in this novel Stay and Fight. First, it is not about a couple, for he quickly bails at the first moments of hardship, but instead the use of shifting POVs allow the reader to explore a trio of women who form a famiky or small community to raise a child. Some have mentioned the humor, and while there are some funny moments, it is a c...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    Sometimes I agonize over the number of stars I give a book. No agonizing here. I went straight for the full five. Stay and Fight may be listed as fiction but it is TRUE fiction. When you read this book, if you take to it (or it takes to you), pack a bag and head for Southeast Ohio for a visit from which you may never leave. Madeline ffitch’s writing seems effortless, as though it just came naturally. I am, sincerely, hoping for a sequel. Soon.
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to FSG and Goodreads for this giveaway. I really enjoyed this story. Madeline Ffitch put the most unlikely characters together and they formed a family. While this clan was messy in it's evolution it was good. They loved each other despite their imperfections. You will fall in love with the charaters. This is a classic story of an American family braving the unknown and living through it. Bravo!
  • Annarella
    1970-01-01
    Not my cup of tea. Even if I loved the style of writing and the author can surely write I couldn't connect to the characters and the book fell flat.Not my cup of tea.Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
  • Marie
    1970-01-01
    Brilliant prose that hooks you, plus a plot about the ethics of raising kids outside the culture. What else could you want?
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I'll be honest, I was a little confused by this book. First off, it is nothing at all like the description implies. It's more a family drama type novel. A weird, dysfunctional family drama. I was left feeling "meh". I didn't dislike it, but I also didn't like it either. There must be something going around the writing world that says multiple character POV chapters and ambiguous endings are the way to go. I hate it, and I didn't particularly thin...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    "Stay and Fight" is a novel about family. It's also about protesting societal norms and government restrictions. While the characters are flawed, they're also real and loyal, and I liked that. I never really connected emotionally to any of them, though, and felt like I was on the outside looking in. I also appreciated the honest look at Appalachian Ohio and the frustrations that accompany being poor and misunderstood. I definitely did not like al...
  • Lee
    1970-01-01
    Stay and Fight is such a remarkable novel. It is filled with very strong characters that I got to know quite intimately because the story is told from alternating points of view of the different characters. It is a story about emotional and physical survival; about family and love; about staying and fighting for who and what you believe in. This is a story worth reading. I highly recommend it. Advance reader copy was provided by the publisher via...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via a Goodreads giveaway.
  • Miss Maureen
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Deedi (DeediReads) Brown
    1970-01-01
    All my reviews can be seen at https://deedireads.com/.Thank you, NetGalley and FSG, for the advanced review copy of this book! It will be published on July 9th, 2019.I requested and read this book on the recommendation of a good friend who really knows books, and she did not let me down. I’m still mulling this one over. It was an introspective, deep novel about family, independence, identity, and love.There are four main characters: Helen, who ...
  • Joann
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for advanced reading copy. I have never read a book like this, and I enjoyed it! Looking back at the description of it, I would disagree that it is hilarious. I didn't really laugh at all and found the characters deep, somewhat unlikable, but I still enjoyed the way it all played together. Set in Appalachia at the peak of fracking times, a lesbian couple fights to keep their son who was raised with them, "...