Madeline ffitch: Stay and Fight

Recommended
This event is in the past
Fri Oct 25, 2019, 7 pm
Third Place Books Ravenna Northeast Seattle (Seattle)
Free
When fracking took off in the early aughts, activists living in small towns and on reservations protested the fossil-fuel infrastructure snaking through their lands. Madeline ffitch's first novel, Stay and Fight, is about those kinds of people living in one of those kinds of towns. The character Helen, a Seattle-born thirtysomething hippie-anarchist with a BA in social work, has literally entered the Alighierian "dark wood" period of her life. She purchases 20 acres of coal company land. Eventually, Helen convinces a lesbian couple with a baby boy on the way to build a house with her on the land, forming a matriarchal "wolf pack" that lives off the grid. The only man in their lives is Rudy, a chaotic-good, ponytailed arborist. Together they make a family bound less by blood than by a sense of shared purpose and ideals. ffitch troubles the false dichotomy between action that results in "lasting change" and action that results in a broadcast news story. Every action, no matter how small or big or illegal, can make lasting change. by Rich Smith

Third Place Books Ravenna

6504 20th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115 Venue website