Stay and Fight: A Novel

by Madeline ffitch

Hardcover, 2019

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 304 pages


"This hilarious, truth-telling debut upends notions of family, protest, and Appalachia, and forces us to reimagine an America we think we know"--

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LibraryThing member Lauranthalas
Helen and her boyfriend move to Appalachian Ohio to live off the land. They buy a piece of land and live in a tiny camper but soon after, Helen’s boyfriend leaves
Karen and Lily are living at the Women’s Land Trust but are in search of a new place to live because they are expecting a baby boy.

Knowing that Karen and Lily are in need of a new place to live and have little money, Helen offers up her land. They can split the work/food, build a house, and live off the land. This seems to go semi-okay until Karen and Lily’s son, Perley, decides to go to school.

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.

Thank you to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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