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Publisher's Summary

One of the 2019 Amazon.com Best Books of the Year

Lambda Literary Award - Nominee

New York Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2019

LA Times Book Prize - Finalist, 2019

"The narrators' portrayal of this makeshift family captures the rhythm and tone of lost young people who are trying to survive. These flawed, cantankerous, and fiercely independent characters in search of peace are perfectly delivered by Amoss and Carr." (AudioFile magazine)

A wildly original, piercingly timely addition to the story of the American family 

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, wisdom-spouting, seasonal-affective-disordered boss - and a neighbor couple, Helen makes it to spring. Those neighbors, Karen and Lily, are awaiting the arrival of their first child, a boy, which means their time at the Women’s Land Trust must end. 

So Helen invites the new family to throw in with her - they’ll 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. The outside world is brought clamoring into their makeshift family. 

Set in a region known for its independent spirit, 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 our notions of effective action. It is a family novel that refuses to limit the term. And it is a marvel of storytelling that both breaks with tradition and celebrates it. Best of all, it is full of flawed, cantankerous, flesh-and-blood characters who remind us that conflict isn't the end of love, but the real beginning. 

Absorbingly spun, perfectly voiced, and disruptively political, Madeline ffitch's Stay and Fight forces us to reimagine an Appalachia - and an America - we think we know. And it takes us, laughing and fighting, into a new understanding of what it means to love and to be free.

©2019 Madeline Ffitch (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Slow story- no real ending

Slow story, no real ending. I was listening in the car, and then boom it ended.

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Slow, no character development, terrible ending

My wife and I listened to this book together after seeing a recommendation online. It was described as a story about building queer community/chosen family. After reading it, we both feel that there was very little character development, it moved slowly, and the ending was disappointing. At times we felt that the book reinforced negative stereotypes about queer women (or at least we, as queer women felt that way). I cannot say that we recommend this book. There may be others that love it though.

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Loved it!

The narrators really work for this book. I especially like the tone that is struck for Perley, the young boy that the novel revolves around.
I laughed and cried... that's a good book!

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Interesting characters - no ending

Why did I just listen to this? The characters were interesting enough, but the story just ends abruptly. There’s no resolution to ANY of the conflicts in the story. I feel like it was a waste of time.

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I read this book on a TikTok recommendation. The narrator's bring the text to life. I'm not sure I would have finished had I read from the page. It started so slowly and the unending "s/he said" was initially so painful, but I soldiered on in curiosity about what made it so good. Then, I became absorbed in the story. I work in child welfare and we strive to train concepts of collaborative safety and cultural diversity, so it hit deep. And just when I was fully invested it ended without any resolution, leaving disappointment and resentment.

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story was decent, narration was good. but I couldn't get over all the "he said" "she said". it's like the author didn't know any synonyms for said. Then the story just abruptly ends with no real solutions to the main conflicts of the story. Not sure if I would recommend this one but enjoyed it well enough

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One of my favorites this year

I loved the spirit of the story. A way of life that isn’t tolerated by society, for many solid reasons, shouldn’t be snuffed out due to a lack of understanding of those folks who follow a different path. What a beautiful way to show the reader that different and valuable path. I can’t wait for the sequel. I’m in love with the kid.

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Broken families, broken healing

Beautiful writing, beautiful story of unconventional love and loss and fixing. Worth all your time.

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Definitely worth it

The narrator is awesome. This book switched between 4 points of view and each one is very distinct, both in writing style and narration choices. The kid is especially authentic. The only reason I didn’t give the story 5 stars is because there are some loose ends that are not tied up by the end of the book, but it’s well worth it even with that.

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Good story, bummer ending.

I enjoyed the story but felt I wasted my time a little when I heard the ending.