The Fierce Dispute
School or Department
English, Literature, and Modern Languages
Dates of Service
Small-town America, ghosts, domesticity, and New World-Old World tensions - these combine in Helen Hooven Santmyer's second novel, The Fierce Dispute (1929), which feature a fiercely disputatious southern Ohio matriarch and her adult daughter locked in battle for the very soul of a child, Lucy Anne, from whose viewpoint much of the narrative unfolds.. "The Fierce Dispute pits Margaret Baird, the proud bearer of the Linley-Hewitt-Baird family history, against Margaret's cosmopolitan and romantic daughter, Hilary. Set in the Xenia, Ohio, family home, the novel's real battleground is Lucy Anne herself, the child mired in conflict because she loves both her mother Hilary and grandmother Margaret.
Ohio State University Press
Creative Writing | Fiction
Santmyer, Helen, "The Fierce Dispute" (1999). Faculty Books. 48.