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									A. Manette AnsayA. Manette Ansay
A. Manette Ansay’s first novel, Vinegar Hill, established the writer as a novelist who could tell a difficult story with great grace. Ansay’s honest, moving fiction is infused with the reality of Midwestern farm life, the constraints of Roman Catholicism, and the toll the combination can take on women and men alike.

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A. Manette Ansay
Current Home:
Port Washington, Wisconsin; now lives in New York City
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Lapeer, Michigan
MFA, Cornell University, 1991
Nelson Algren Prize for title story of Read This and Tell Me What It Says, 1992; Pushcart Prize, 1994; Friends of American Writers Prize, 1995

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								Blue Water, Author: 
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Blue Water
by A. Manette Ansay
Ansay delivers an unforgettable story of two families united by a tragic car accident -- and one woman's deeply emotional journey toward a choice she'd never thought possible. "Ansay’s clear voice, clean style, true characters, and sophisticated plot exude a gem," raves The Boston Globe.

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*  Vinegar Hill (1994)
*  Read This and Tell Me What It Says (1995)
*  Sister (1996)
*  River Angel (1998)
*  Midnight Champagne (1999)
*  Limbo: A Memoir (2001)
*  Blue Water (2006)

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The Best Book to Read First

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								Vinegar Hill, Author: 
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Vinegar Hill
by A. Manette Ansay
Start with the Oprah selection, Vinegar Hill, which allows you to see where Ansay begins as a writer. Amy Tan called it "a modern-day Little House on the Prairie gone mad... Ansay is a powerful storyteller with lyrical gifts and a rye, observant eye."

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Stories from a Small Town

A Memoir of Struggle and Determination

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Read This and Tell Me What It Says
by A. Manette Ansay
This collection of stories is set in the same small Wisconsin town that provided the setting for Vinegar Hill. Its denizens struggle with life's difficulties -- not always successfully, but with a nobility that shines from Ansay's pages.

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								Limbo: A Memoir, Author: 
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Limbo: A Memoir
by A. Manette Ansay
A. Manette Ansay's childhood dreams of being a concert pianist were thwarted when she came down with a mysterious muscle disorder that left her unable to grip a pen or walk across a room. This is the heartfelt story of how she dealt with her condition and transformed her dreams into writing.

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