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Vinegar Hill
Vinegar Hill
Author: A. Manette Ansay
In a stark, troubling, yet ultimately triumphant celebration of self-determination, award-winning author A. Mannete 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 un...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780380730131
ISBN-10: 0380730138
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 240
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 523 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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ABCatHome avatar reviewed Vinegar Hill on + 137 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
This book was very twisted and crazy. The characters all seem to have MAJOR issues and need counseling! LOL I didn't really care for the book that much. It also seemed to really make the Catholic religion crazy and full of crazy rules.
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Helpful Score: 10
The writer sets a very depressing tone to this book. Great writing that can take you into the character's world, even if you really don't want to be there!
deedeexxoo avatar reviewed Vinegar Hill on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Vinegar Hill is about emotional damage that can be inflicted in ordinary domestic life. Ansay is a powerful storyteller with lyrical beautiful prose.
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Helpful Score: 9
One of the more interesting books Ive read lately. Unpredictable and strange at times- I couldnt put it down. Its a share with freinds book.
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Helpful Score: 9
Fabulous family drama novel! Strong, interesting characters, some suspense and great ending! I can't wait to read more from this author!
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joann avatar reviewed Vinegar Hill on + 330 more book reviews
Mary-Margaret & Fritz, as James has lost his job. Ellen and James have two children, Amy & Bert. Fritz is not the most friendly and rather mean to the children and to everyone that is living in the house.
There is a very strong Catholic influence with Ellen's family and also James' family. In the home, there are Virgin Mary statues, the Last Supper, etc. and Ellen feels inundated with all of this. She becomes the wife, mother, maid, caretaker, etc for the whole household, including working as a teacher.

This was a depressing saga and I didn't really feel much for the characters. I know it was written about a different generation, but found I had no tolerance for the demeanor of these people.
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This book exposes the underbelly of suburban family life that most try desperately to hide. Disturbing, yet you have to turn the pages. I read it in one night.
PamelaH avatar reviewed Vinegar Hill on + 90 more book reviews
This book was disturbing to me. Family abuse just keeps on giving⦠The bravery of the main character, Ellen, made me happy though. She recognized the necessity to move elsewhere with her children and away from the continuation of abuse that family often repeats.


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