Vinegar Hill Oprah Book #28

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Vinegar Hill Oprah Book #28

by A M Ansay

March 1, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.19 × 2.01 × 0.44 in

Published: March 1, 1998

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0380730138

ISBN - 13: 9780380730131

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Vinegar Hill Oprah Book #28

by A M Ansay

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.19 × 2.01 × 0.44 in

Published: March 1, 1998

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0380730138

ISBN - 13: 9780380730131

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

A. Manette Ansay is the author of five novels, including Vinegar Hill, an Oprah Book Club Selection, and Midnight Champagne, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as a short story collection, Read This and Tell Me What It Says, and a memoir, Limbo. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the Nelson Algren Prize, and two Great Lakes Book Awards. She lives with her husband and daughter in Florida, where she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami.

From Our Editors

In her tough, debut novel A. Manette Ansay enfolds readers in a gripping narrative that visits the darker side of family life and follows a woman as she gradually attempts to break free of it. When her husband loses his job, Ellen Grier soon finds herself trapped in the rigid Midwestern household of her grim, hateful in-laws. As Ellen watches her husband settling back into life on the prairie she struggles to keep her diminished spirit alive. Then one day she befriends the open-minded Barb, who gives her the courage to pursue her own dreams in the beautifully executed Vinegar Hill.

Editorial Reviews

"A brilliant, bitter book...Manette Ansay’s prose style cuts with a diamond edge." -- Madison Smartt Bell "Ansay transcends both feminist epic and Midwestern gothic to achieve, finally, the lunar world of tragedy. This world is lit by the measured beauty of her prose, and the book’s final line is worth the pain it takes to get there." -- The New Yorker "A modern-day Little House on the Prairie gone mad...Manette Ansay is a powerful storyteller with lyrical gifts and a wry, observant eye." -- Amy Tan "A remarkably well-told tale...that not only rivets our attention but floods our veins with the icy chill of recognition and understanding... Vinegar Hill is a powerful story of a haunting, not by the dead but by the living. It is a haunting you won’t soon forget." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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