Vinegar Hill

Paperback | April 11, 2006

byAnsay, A. Manette

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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.

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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 ne...

A. Manette Ansay is the author of eight books, includingVinegar Hill,Midnight Champagne(a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), andBlue Water. She has received the Pushcart Prize, two Great Lakes Book Awards, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the University o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:April 11, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060897848

ISBN - 13:9780060897840

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like watching a car crash...just can't turn away From the very start this tragic tale had me hooked. I was completely drawn into their world and wanted to know what was going to happen. I like the fact that the author chose to lead the reader down what looked like several predictable paths and then she stopped short of where I thought she was going. It made for a very gripping read.
Date published: 2007-12-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A creepy book not soon forgotten. Haunting but not an enjoyable read. My daughter and I both thought this was a very depressing story.
Date published: 2006-03-12

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“A brilliant, bitter book...Manette Ansay’s prose style cuts with a diamond edge.” (Madison Smartt Bell)