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October 19, 2018 at 2:41 am

ffitch Publishes Debut Novel, ‘Stay and Fight’

Madeline ffitch, wearing winter sweater and scarf and stading in the woods

Madeline ffitch

Dr. Madeline ffitch’s debut novel, Stay and Fight, was accepted by national publisher Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. The novel also serves as ffitch’s English doctoral dissertation, which she successfully defended on Oct. 5. It will appear in print in Spring 2019.

“Set in a region known for its independent spirit, Madeline ffitch’s 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,” says a description from the publisher.

ffitch writes and organizes in Appalachian Ohio. She was a founding member of the punk theater company, The Missoula Oblongata, and works with the Appalachia Resist! collective. She is the author of the story collection,  Valparaiso, Round the HornHer writing has been featured in Tin House, Guernica, Electric Literature, Granta, and VICE.

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