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Vinegar Hill

Format:  Paperback,

240 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Apr 2006

ISBN-13: 9780060897840

ISBN-10: 0060897848

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Apr 2006
ISBN-13: 9780060897840
ISBN-10: 0060897848
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.0 x 5.5 x 0.75


Review by Library Journal (2004-08-01)

Ellen must go with her unemployed husband to live with her in-laws. Their home in Hollysfield, WI, is a place of unrelenting negativity and rigidity. In the early 1970's, when women are just beginning to recognize their choices, Ellen must decide whether she will stick with her marriage or save herself and her children.

Review by Library Journal (1994-08)

First novelist Ansay here focuses on a beleaguered Midwest family. With their two children, James and Ellen have moved back to the town where they grew up and into the house of James's very difficult parents. James, who is utterly controlled by his brutal father, gets a job selling farm machinery, while Ellen teaches in a Catholic school. Through powerful vignettes, the reader witnesses the unraveling of James and Ellen's marriage and Ellen's emerging sense of self. Reminiscent of the works of Jane Smiley or a more bitter Jon Hassler, this book is recommended for all collections.

-Patricia C. Heaney, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.

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Book description

In a stark, troubling, yet ultimately triumphant celebration of self-determination, award-winning author A. Manette Ansay re-creates a stifling world of guilty and pain, and the tormented souls who inhabit it. It is 1972 when circumstance carries Ellen Grier and her family back to Holly's Field, Wisconsin. Dutifully accompanying her newly unemployed husband, Ellen has brought her two children into the home of her in-laws on Vinegar Hill -- a loveless house suffused with the settling dust of bitterness and routine -- where calculated cruelty is a way of life preserved and perpetuated in the service of a rigid, exacting and angry God.

Behind a facade of false piety, there are sins and secrets in this place that could crush a vibrant young woman's passionate spirit. And here Ellen must find the straight to endure, change, and grow in the all-pervading darkness that threatens to destroy everything she is and everyone she loves.

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