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Vinegar Hill (4 Cassettes)

Vinegar Hill (4 Cassettes)

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by A. Manette Ansay, Debra Monk
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Ansay's excellent debut, set in a rural midwestern town in the early '70s, finds Ellen Grier back in her hometown caring for her aging, ultraconservative parents. Struggling against the strictly religious, uptight rules of the house, Ellen finally breaks free when she uncovers the family's darkest secret. Debra Monk reads.
New Yorker
Ansay transcends both feminist epic and Midwestern gothic to achieve, finally, the lunar world of tragedy. This world is lit by the measured beauty of her prose, and the book's final line is worth the pain it takes to get there.
Madison Smartt Bell
A brilliant, bitter book...Manette Ansay's prose style cuts with a diamond edge.
Amy Tan
A modern-day Little House on the Prairie gone mad...Manette Ansay is a powerful storyteller with lyrical gifts and a wry, observant eye.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A remarkably well-told tale...that not only rivets our attention but floods our veins with the icy chill of recognition and understanding... Vinegar Hill is a powerful story of a haunting, not by the dead but by the living. It is a haunting you won't soon forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694523382
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
Abridged, 4 Cassettes
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 7.18(h) x 1.22(d)

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Madison Smartt Bell
A brilliant, bitter book...Manette Ansay's prose style cuts with a diamond edge.

Meet the Author

A. Manette Ansay is the author of eight books, including Vinegar Hill, Midnight Champagne (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Blue Water. She has received the Pushcart Prize, two Great Lakes Book Awards, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the University of Miami.

Debra Monk is a veteran actress who has won a Tony® Award for Redwood Curtain and an Emmy® for her work on NYPD Blue.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Port Washington, Wisconsin; now lives in New York City
Date of Birth:
1964
Place of Birth:
Lapeer, Michigan
Education:
MFA, Cornell University, 1991

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