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Vinegar Hill

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by A. Manette Ansay.

Oprah Book Club® Selection, November 1999:Vinegar Hill is an appropriate address for the characters who populate A. Manette Ansay's novel of the same name. After all, when Ellen Grier and her family return to the rural hamlet of Holly's Field, … see full wiki

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Author: A. Manette Ansay
Publisher: William Morrow
2 reviews about Vinegar Hill
review by . April 01, 2000
Not since A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley have I been so impressed with an author's ability to reach inside and expose what many of us never uncover until the second half of our lives. No one ever said life was easy, we just pretend in order to survive circumstances that seem to be untenable and irreversible. It took Ellen the entire novel to fight her way free of rules and obligations imposed by a rigid religious and male-dominated society. If that isn't powerful, maybe you had to be there... or …
review by . January 20, 2000
Although a quick read with language that flows off the page in deft simile and metaphor, Vinegar Hill ultimately disappoints the reader. Set in the age of burgeoning feminism, the story is concerned with the survival of Ellen, wife of James and mother of two, who has been forced to move in with her austere in-laws. Little by little she watches her husband revert back to the insecure and deprived child ridiculed by his crude father and similarly unenlightened older brother. The revealed reasons for …
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