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by Debra Monk,A. Manette Ansay

eBook Vinegar Hill epub
  • ISBN: 0694523380
  • Author: Debra Monk,A. Manette Ansay
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (November 23, 1999)
  • ePUB size: 1883 kb
  • FB2 size 1927 kb
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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

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, Wisconsin, it's not exactly a happy homecoming. Her husband, James, has been laid off from his job in Illinois.

Слушайте Vinegar Hill (автор: A. Manette Ansay, Debra Monk) бесплатно 30 дней в течении . Manette Ansay, Debra Monk) бесплатно 30 дней в течении пробного периода. Слушайте аудиокниги без ограничений в веб-браузере или на устройствах iPad, iPhone и Android. In a stark, troubling, yet ultimately triumphant celebration of self-determination, award-winning author A. Manette Ansay re-creates a stifling world of guilt 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.

2 5 Author: A. Manette Ansay Narrator: Debra Monk

2 5 Author: A. Manette Ansay Narrator: Debra Monk.

Manette Ansay (born 1964) is an American author. She was born in Lapeer, Michigan. When she was five, her family moved to Port Washington, Wisconsin, where she graduated from Port Washington High School in 1982. Read This and Tell Me What It Says (1995). Midnight Champagne (1999). Good Things I Wish You (2009). Vinegar Hill was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection November 1999.

She wears a windbreaker that belongs to one of her grown-up sons and carries a duffel bag that another grown-up son left behind when he moved out.

Manette Ansay er husband’s big boots. She hugs Ellen and Amy, then moves toward James, arms outstretched. Can’t you give your sister-in-law a kiss?. It’s good of you to come, James says formally. I can stay as long as you need me, she says, following him into the living room

Listen online to Vinegar Hill - In a stark, troubling, yet ultimately triumphant celebration of self-determination, award-winning author A. Manette Ansay re-creates a stifling world of guilt and pai.

Listen online to Vinegar Hill - In a stark, troubling, yet ultimately triumphant celebration of self-determination, award-winning author A. Manette Ansay re-creates a stifling world of guilt and pa.

Set in a small town in Wisconsin, Ansay's debut novel reveals one woman's desperation to free herself from stifling .

Set in a small town in Wisconsin, Ansay's debut novel reveals one woman's desperation to free herself from stifling, narrow-minded expectations. Ellen Grier lives with her rigid in-laws. Her resignation resounds as she acts the role of married "lady" in a devoutly Catholic home. Mother-in-law Mary-Margaret is cranky and cruel, portrayed by Monk in a relentless snarl. The other females are equally believable. Monk's male voices, however, are less strong as they are unevenly attempted, but the triumphant struggle for Ellen's spirit is not diminished.

Written by A. Manette Ansay, Audiobook narrated by Debra Monk. A funny, sad, and transcendent story of a young girl growing up in Appalachia.

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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 guilt 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 yhoung 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.
Comments: (7)
Murn
I pick this book up all the time and read bits and pieces, or read it over again. The flashbacks I get to my childhood and the recognition of what my mother went through in her own struggles to divorce or not are chilling. My Mom never did, because of the attitudes in the book and of not having an education or a job and we all suffered. The details in the book, like the brass cake tins in the shape of a duck, and the way the neighbors talk, and the general gloominess of life, are genius. The Christmas tree scene is stunning. If your childhood was anything like this, you would either love it or be freaked out by the vivid reminders.
MilsoN
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 her marriage are almost ludicrous, even in this small farming community. Surely, one protests, there were other options? As she observes the decline of her immediate family unit, she stumbles upon the truth behind her mother-in-law's pathetic dreams and how they impact this dysfunctional group to the current day of the story. Her ultimate decision comes as no surprise, but one wonders how successful she will actually be, set adrift in a world where she is most definitely not endowed with the necessary navigational skills. The primary fault of her characterization is her lack of involvement. She "feels", but does not seem to have the ability to "do". She "puts up with" and the author offers nothing as to the "why" of this other than her frumpy reliance on the preachings of a 50s rooted Catholic priest and the sense of moral exactness of her mother and sisters, which, I guess, works historically but, is not enough psychological proof for the more thoughtful reader. What comes easily to her sisters and her mother, even her vengeful and decisive mother-in-law's mother, seems to be absent from Ellen's make-up. And so her 'big' decision seems flawed, conceived and acted upon by someone much stronger than the weak observer portrayed within the pages of the book. On the positive side, Manette's depiction of the Griers, mother, father and son is truly chilling in its sad realism. The desperation of James and his cleaving to his parent's sick and destructive ideologies creates an almost too real picture of the American dream gone astray. Obviously, this is not a story glorifying the stalwardness of America's heartland but rather a bleak and ruthless portrait of how one's unrealistic romanticism draws life's righteous lesson-givers to wreak havoc on the idealistic and ultimately destroy themselves and everyone else in the process.
Gtonydne
Before purchasing this book, I read a number of customer reviews on Amazon.com. The recurring theme was that the book was depressing and that the main character was weak. Notwithstanding a vast number of 'negative' reviews, I purchased the book and was pleasantly surprised. I found that the only way to fully appreciate the story was to view the situation from the standpoint of a 30 something year old woman, living in a small Mid-western farming town, conservative Catholic during the early 1970's. Essentially, I viewed the book as a story about the struggle of a woman to establish and preserve her own identity in the face of outside forces i.e., family, religion, in-laws, expectations etc. I basically saw is as a conflict between what she should do as a good "Christian wife and mother" and what she needed to do as a person and how she ultimately resolved that conflict. I also saw Ellen as a woman who was trapped by those outside forces and expections. Although many reviewers of this book thought that Ellen was somewhat weak and spineless, I felt that she had an enormous amount of strength to do what she needed to do in light of the pressures of outside expectations. I think that the base example was when she went to talk to her sister about leaving James. Her sisters response was one of shock and disbelief and her sisters advice was to have another child. I think that Ellen would truly have been weak if she were not aware that her life was not right and changes needed to be made. However, since she was aware of the problems in her life/marriage and decided to take steps, particularly at a time when leaving your husband (in the Catholic religion) was something that women did not do, showed a great deal of strength. She knew that if she left her husband, she would have absolutely no support or understanding from either her family, church, friends, etc. Her desire to make a better life for herself and her children resulted in her taking measures such that she and she alone was in control of her life and destiny as opposed to outside circumstances. Another point that was interesting was her realization that the killing of the twins was Ann's way of making sure that Mary Margaret was not trapped. It was with that realization that Ellen realized that she was not alone and did not have to be trappped. All in all, good book.
Inth
After reading through all the reviews, it amazes me that it seems half the people hated this book and the other half enjoyed it. True, I selected this book for my Reading Club based on the fact it was the Oprah selection (I do that club also), however I am happy I did select it overall. Our group had varying opinions of the book ranging from "hated it" to "really enjoyed it". Sometimes I think we tend to confuse "loving a book" by completely basing it on the story rather than taking into consideration the author's style, skill and the effect the story has. Ellen is a tough person to respect at times, and the other weak person's in her life do not make for a motivational tale. However, I know people like these ARE present in society. I think the author writes beautifully and I will be reading more of her works in the future.
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