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 »employed 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 strength to endure, change, and grow in the all-pervading darkness that threatens to destroy everything she is and everyone she loves.« less
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.
This book was disturbing to me. Family abuse just keeps on givingâ¦ 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.
I picked up this book, because usually books from the Oprah Book Club are a safe bet for a vacation read. Having no other books with me, this was torture! But then again I didn't enjoy Death of a Salesman and that is a famous story that I think is along the same lines as this dreary story. So I've listed the book here, because maybe someone can appreciate this book more than I!