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The sausage maker's youngest daughter is heading for the fight of her battle-scarred life. It's the era of the counterculture and Vietnam. But twenty-four-year-old Kip Czermanksi is nowhere near her home in California. She's in a jail cell in her hometown in Wisconsin awaiting a court appearance in the mysterious death of her ex-lover, who happened to be her brother-in-law. Given her father is the small town's leading citizen; Kip isn't overly worried, at first. But the personal grudge the DA holds for all the ...
The sausage maker's youngest daughter is heading for the fight of her battle-scarred life. It's the era of the counterculture and Vietnam. But twenty-four-year-old Kip Czermanksi is nowhere near her home in California. She's in a jail cell in her hometown in Wisconsin awaiting a court appearance in the mysterious death of her ex-lover, who happened to be her brother-in-law. Given her father is the small town's leading citizen; Kip isn't overly worried, at first. But the personal grudge the DA holds for all the Czermanskis is about to find a foil. Kip. What follows is a wild ride through Kip's present predicament and her past. She'll come to regret leaving her life in LA, regardless of the good reason for which she returned, when family dynamics and sibling rivalries, magnified by her counterculture attitudes and feminist beliefs, lay Kip's life bare before the courtroom. Distrusting her legal team, her rebellious history well known, things both personal and legal spiral out-of-control. It doesn't look good for Kip Czermanski.
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Posted December 8, 2012
My friends and I have all loved this story set in Wisconsin. It is so well written and holds your interest from the beginning. It is a crime with a surprise ending. I think everyone would enjoy this story about family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2012
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I loved this book. The dynamics among the sisters was well crafted, the characters grew on you though the various flashbacks to earlier events, and I was hooked right to the end. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a well crafted story around family relationships and conflicts, that also keeps you intrigued until the end!
Posted June 12, 2012
I really enjoyed the book! It is set in the late sixties/early seventies, during Vietnam war protests, and the book gave me a great feel for what it was like to live in different parts of the country during that era. The characters are complex, and I found both sympathy and hatred for some of their traits and behaviors. I thought it was a page turner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2012
Wow, what a dysfunctional family and in some ways reminded me of mine growing up as a child! haha...
I think if we all look closely there are bits of this story in all our childhoods, sad but quite the norm I think.
It took me awhile to like or have any sympathy at all for Kip (silly side note, I had a best friend named Kip as a child)
but when I realized how much childhood crap she was toting around, I could understand all the anger just bubbling away on
the surface of her personality and all through her life.
It seems in every family we all have a roll to play and we take that "role" with us throughout our life and Kip sure wore
hers well. I found the pure hate of Sybel really, really sad and obviously something she would never get over.
Just like when the kids were little the father just gave up way too easily on Kip at the end and walked away from her when
this was the time to finally "man up"...
Finding out it was actually Samantha who knocked off Stan and not her husband, who I was just so sure had wielded the
hockey stick, was a complete and wonderful "head spinner" and sadly made the most sense, the invisible/good daughter that
no one paid much attention to, even her husband.
I loved Philomena, the feminist Phil who was able to see from the outside the dysfunction of this decimated family and put Kip
on the road to healing herself and letting the rest of the family "chips" as it were, take care of themselves.
Wonderful read and looking forward to the next book,
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Posted April 25, 2012
Set in Wisconsin, in the early 70′s, Kip Czermanski has come back home from California. When she moved away she vowed to never come back but her sister’s illness and subsequent death brought her back and now her life has turned inside out.
Kip has been arrested for murder. The murder of a former lover, who just happens to be her brother-in-law. She sits in a jail cell awaiting her fate. For a family formerly held in high esteem by the entire town as its largest employer this is the ultimate failure.
The story takes us from her cell, to the courtroom and back through her past. Being the Sausage Maker’s daughter may not save her this time.
This story just blew me away. Definitely the best book this year if not several years. The truth that came out at the end was just “Oh My God”, not at all what I expected.
For those of you not from Wisconsin or not familiar with Wisconsin history the recent protests in Madison were nothing compared to the protests that were held on the University of Wisconsin campus during the Vietnam War. The author described Madison as a sort of “Third Coast,” especially during the Vietnam era in a recent interview. Schools like Columbia and Berkeley, situated on either coast of the country, were legendary for their radical movements. Madison, here in the Midwest was facing similar social upheaval. The University of Wisconsin became known for radical ideas too.
This author puts Kip Czermanski was right in the middle of it. She was a college student at the UW in the 60′s. She left her conservative family back in Wausaukeesha and becomes a bra-burning, Afro-wearing, antiwar feminist on a mission. She spends her college years protesting the war being tear gassed, billy-clubbed, and even arrested. She was devoted to the cause and never backed down. Her family never understood her rebellion.
The protests started in Madison in 1964 and in August 1970 Sterling Hall in the center of the UW Campus was bombed by four young people as a protest against the University’s research connections with the US military during the Vietnam War. It resulted in the death of a university physics researcher and injuries to three others.
Wausaukeesha like the story is fictional but mirrors several towns of the 60′s and 70′s. The violence and demonstrations of that time are very real. Beyond all that the story really takes on family dynamics and sibling rivalry in a powerful way. Doing what looks best in the public eye over what is right, keeping family secrets, twisting small town values to suit what is needed for the family. The characters in this story are going to grab you and not let you go.
Ags Johnson is an remarkable storyteller and this is her debut novel. I don’t know if I can find enough adjectives to tell you how excellent this story is but I will start with riveting, engaging, engrossing and gripping. You have to read this book. It gets more than 5 stars from me. This is not a story to be missed and Ags Johnson is another up and coming star we all need to keep our eyes on!
Posted February 25, 2012
The Sausage Maker’s Daughters by AGS Johnson is set in 1972 and 24 year old Kip Czermanski, a self-proclaimed feminist is being held for murder. Growing up wither father and 3 older sisters in Wisconsin; Kip was labeled the family trouble maker. After her activist college years (Vietnam area), she settles in California, as far from her family and the small town life as possible. Kip never dreamed that coming home for a visit could land her in jail for the murder of her brother-in-law Stan, who just happened to be Kip’s ex-lover. The local D.A has a grudge with Kip’s father (the owner of a national sausage chain). The D.A makes sure Kip is going to be tried for the maximum offense. Her attorney’s must dig through the facts, family secrets and small town gossip to find the truth – and it’s not what you might expect. The story takes a lot of twists and turns, mixing suspense, humor, history and family themes to come to a surprise ending.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2012
Very rarely does a book completely take me away and this one absolutely did. I was a little put off by this synopsis, but hopefully I will convince you all that this is one to go out and grab immediately.
From the beginning you are introduced to the baby of the family - Kip who is very different from her three older sisters who all have blonde hair and are all praised for their beauty. Kip is the younger sister that has taken on the problems of the family, but after college she escaped to California to start a new. She ends up back in Wisconsin and in the middle of family drama. Of course, as I always say, I can't reveal too much because it is worth the read.
I loved the combination of family trouble and a who dun it mystery. Two of my favorite plots combined makes a complete story, a wonderful story. I am passing this book onto everyone I know, this could be one of my top 5 of 2012 and we are only in month 2 of 2012.
Posted February 10, 2012
Loved this book and all the familiar places because I live in Wisconsin and went to school in Madison. Set in the 60s, brings back lots of memories. Loved the rebellious main character and all the plot twists with a very surprising ending. You will enjoy this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2012
I wasn't too keen on the title. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book, but then I was intrigued by the synopsis. My curiosity peaked I decided to give this book a chance. I was surprised and really enjoyed this book Johnson use of detail brings to life the 60's feminist movement and the anti-war protests that tore apart college campuses.
I liked how Johnson used flashbacks to bring the story together bridging time through out the 50's, 60's, and early 70's. The suspense of the family dynamics kept me turning pages only to be plesantly surprised at the end.
Posted November 17, 2012
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