(Stay and Fight) PDF ☆ Madeline Ffitch
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 375 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 The Cleverest Person In The World protest novel again not a conventionalrotest er 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 characters Helen Mean Aunt who starts the novel Lily and Karen artners and their son Perley via sperm donor Other eripheral characters "one laughs the most at the descriptions of Rudy in articular and "laughs the most at the descriptions of Rudy in Singapore Math Practice Level 6a Grade 7 particular and A story of loveersistence and emotional and Singapore Math Practice Level 5a Grade 6 physical survival in the hils of AppalachiaWest Virginia A hardscrabble basic life by choice Their diet and living conditions appalling I didn tarticularly care for the ending but I m not sure how I would have ended itwanted it done differentlyI loved Perley his world of elves and the wolves His naivete His fantasyreality was however somewhat offputting because his their lives were to me dysfunctional though it worked for them to a Singapore Math Practice Level 4b Grade 5 point Poor Perley so out of sync insultedisolated He wants to go to school his moms resist but he goes at age 7 setting the latterart of the novel in motionAnd the snakes who inhabited all the women s and Perley s lives They too have a significant and vivid role in this story Some great descriptionsRudy hairy face so full of sawdust it looked like he d been breaded I smiled to hide my heart struggling to escape from my chest My cheeks broke ice when they liftedThe loneliness was as insulating as a layer of snowrode to work listening to Springsteen the only boss Jay said he could stand HaI recommend this book but it s not for everyone Thanks to goodreads and the Singapore Math Practice Level 5b Grade 6 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 uickly 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 newlace 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 cheeto dust in his beard and an old depressed lawyer They get by minding their own business for a few years Of course when the boy is old enough for school other Sugar Secrets Luck people start minding their business for them The villains aren t evil really but like in life they are justrincipals and social workers and nameless corporations who need their land just doing their jobs With the over the top nature of the characters the book Sugar Secrets Love probably shouldn t have worked But it sure did work It reminded me of The Monkey Wrench Gang with feminists instead of cowboys hillbillies instead ofolygamists The fighting against the system was fun but the characters were very well written I came for the rebellion and stayed for the eople The narration alternates between first erson takes of the three women and the boy and they all worked The uirky boy raised like a wolf fantasizing of being an elf able to live off the land but Tammy Wynette problematic because he can t navigate a tablet wasarticularly entertaining A fine book 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 The Good And Faithful Servant 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 hisnis 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 how to stand up for that and for each otherWe rotate Balthazar point of view among all three and the author does a truly magnificent job of keeping the voices distinct I could close my eyesick a Kristen S Fairy House page at random and be able to tell you whose chapter this was without hesitation And they re all very real flaws and uirks that make them feel truly human will neverutting me off by taking them too far It s an odd little book this but an enjoyable one and definitely something I d Billie And The Parent Plan prescribe for a book slump This is a story about how society through the government and institutions condemns the attempt of fiveeople to live off the grid in Appalachia The characters include a lesbian couple their son a recently dumped straight woman and an alcoholic loner of a man who suffers from seasonal affective disorder All they want to do is be left alone on their 20 acres of land in West Virginia living in the hou. Madeline Fitch's debut STAY AND FIGHT about a small community in Appalachian Ohio and three women who band together to build a homestead and a family there. Se the women built even though it is filled with black snakes and eat the food they collect and grow even though their meals include acorns with worms But the land contains a ipeline easement And the son wants to go to school Suddenly the group finds themselves contending with corporate and state interests that conflict with their valuesThe characters are rich and authentic especially when the story is told through the eyes of the son He lives in a comic book world of elves and wolves The state attempts to bring him back to reality but little Perley s training kicks in and he fights back retreating to the world of nature elves and wolves that he learned from his mother Karen Others fight back Perley s biological mother Lily fights back through knitting And Karen Lily s Introduction To Epilepsy partner fights back against the encroaching corporate interests with violence Ffitch touches upon racism when Native Americans try to teach Karen that it is impossible to fight against the white man but she doesn t listen She stays and fights Everyone stays and fightsThe writing is beautiful A worthwhile read especially with the currentolitical situation where civil rights and nature are threatened ueer 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 Pride pipeline cutting across their acreageortends doom Lots of grit and animal guts in this tale of tough love and chosen family Le Ciel Br Le Tentative De Jalousie plus snakes Zazen crossed with Mostly Dead Things with the bite of Dorothy Allison I read this in two days fell right in Incredible book Made me think about the meaning of freedom and the functionality of idealism especially when it comes to raising kids Read if you re interested in rural lifeover Well this is different uirky with a capital 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 The Homecoming piece of rural land dumped by her boyfriend They build a house the best they can and for the mostart live off the land with a clan of non rent The Guardians Of Staghill paying black snakes oh myThe baby Perley is uite the boy By age 7 though he still has uite the imagination with child like thoughts and dreams he has developed wisdom far beyond his years Life is not easy for this family They struggle mightily not only for survival but with each other We are along for the journey as theyersevere and make the best of whatever opportunities come their way There are several supporting characters that are also hard up and show us in many different ways how they deal with all the adversity thrown at them Some handle it well others do not There are so many wonderful themes in this story the third Too Long A Solitude paragraph of the official blurb describes these beautifully than I can Initially I couldn t figure out where this story was going I had forgotten the blurb that I had read weeksreviously In fact early on I had some intrusive thoughts of DNF ing it something I rarely do This cost the novel a star But I From Hitler Youth To American Soldier pushed on and before long I was totally engrossed and finished the last 55% in 2 days fast for me There was a lot going on at the end At 95% there was so much to resolve that I wondered if the author was going toull a cliffhanger something that would have cost her at least another star But amazingly the last 5% was beautifully done and The Screwball Asses provided a very satisfying ending The last sentence brought goosebumps I highly recommend Stay and Fight a most appropriate title to everyone looking for a uirky yetoignant character driven tale of adversity The writing is beautiful and the characters just burst off the ages I will definitely look for from Ms FfitchThank you Net Galley Farrar Straus and "Giroux and Ms Madeline Ffitch for an advanced review copy Opinions are "and Ms Madeline Ffitch for an advanced review copy Opinions are alone and are not biased in any way 45 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 erson POV really worked for me and I absolutely loved the way the differing Aula Lucis Or The House Of Light 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 that everyone was an unreliable narrator towards their own life everybody saw themselves completely differently to how the other characters saw them and. Despite the intrusions of the outside world including aipeline that runs right through their land and with the help of a cast of unforgettable slyly wis. That felt very true to life while also being actually a retty original way to tell a story like this despite
The Fact That I Ve fact that I ve it so oorly that I m sure it sounds run of the mill here Perhaps for this reason the book this actually ended up reminding me most of was Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey which also had "a really uniue approach to multiple narrators and also featured strong female familial relationships sketched across a brutally harsh "really uniue approach to multiple narrators and also featured strong female familial relationships sketched across a brutally harsh landscape Of course that book is a dystopia and this book is set in our regular old world But stillThis came up again in the main Child Development plot of the novel I kept jumping back and forth and back and forth as to whose side I was on as I m sure I was intended to do All the characters were vivid and written with a sense of deep love and empathy despite how critically flawed they all were and that made for an uncomfortably conflicted yet brilliant read at times Characters that initially seemed villainous to me seemed increasingly reasonable as I delved deeper into the storyline and then tilted back towards antagonism Everyone seems to have the best of intentions but nobody is totally sympathetic and I really liked that the whole novel really lived in that moral grey areaThe setting of the story was another highlight It had a vivid sense oflace and the descriptions of the natural landscape and the family s homestead were beautifully detailed There were so many small details that still managed to make a big impression and really brought the whole scene to lifeI received a copy of this book from the With A Friend Like You publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I m a huge fan of character driven novels especially ones in which characters narrate their turn of events In this incredibly uirky novel Stay and Fight author and Appalachia environmental activist Madeline Ffitchrovides the reader with the ugly downside of the gas Etiopia Ale Czat pipelinerojects But it s than that it s also a story of survivalist sorts trying to live Following Joe peacefully outside social norms in untraditional ways This way of life becomes aroblem for society s do gooders who want to banish those who don t fall in line with their ideals Ffitch s strength as an author is making her characters endearing and sympathetic An casual observer could view the characters as being dangerous malicious and a bit crazy Under Ffitch s deft skills the reader sees the characters heart and intentions It s a novel that forces the reader to take a New England Patriots Yesterday And Today pause in initial judgments of those who live an unconventional lifeNarrators Helen Lily and Karen are three women who live in the Ohio Appalachian Mountains Helen came with her boyfriendurchasing a few acres to scrape off a living Lily and Karen are lesbians who want to live their lives freely Lily is Vintage Hairstyling pregnant and the ladieslan to raise their child off the land When their son Perley is born the two women need to find another Miffy And The Little Bird place of living as they are in a woman only community After Helen s boyfriend leaves her she offers her home to the women to sharePerley starts narrating when he s around 5 or 6 He s an adorable narratorroviding the reader with his innocent Freddie Gets Dressed points of view He loves his moms and his mean aunt Helen However once he sees the school bus stop at the end of the road toick up other children he decides he wants to go to school He just wants a friendAnother fascinating character is Rudy an arborist who has his own special 2 place in the novel If I saw Rudy in the streets I d keep my distance In the novel he is hilariousThe life style of the characters could make anyone blanch When Perley goes to school with snakebite on his face the officials get involved Perley is one of the best characters in the novel with his innocence and observations making the reader chuckle The ladies have their own special chuckle moments It s a story of misfits just trying to live their lives with the underlying message thatipelines will have serious social and economical conseuences Things I learned from Stay and Fight Huckle S Opposites people are meaneople are even meaner to you if you re different and even so if you re also oor 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 ure differentStay and Fight was gritty sometimes brutal and cynnical real and rough but it was also a gem a Memories 1898 1939 pure 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 energyAnd so I loved this book with incredible ferocityRead the full review here I thank theublisher for a free copy of the ebook through NetGalley in exchange to my honest review This has not affected my opinionRead Post On My Blog Themed Bookstagram uick Update Bookstagram 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