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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. Manette Ansay Narrator: Debra Monk Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A modern-day Little House on the Prairie gone mad…Manette Ansay is a powerful storyteller with lyrical gifts, and a wry, observant eye.”

    Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sweet, tender, and chilling.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “One of the best books of the year.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Ansay paints a searing portrait of the Midwest’s dark side…Vinegar Hill remains a tough, uncompromising tale…Fine, spare prose and a hopeful ending.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Ansay’s] language can be both apt and beautiful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reminiscent of the works of Jane Smiley or a more bitter Jon Hassler, this book is recommended for all collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Ansay writes with a diamond clarity tempered by compassion.


  • “[A] sensitive, probing story about the lasting scars of abuse. Lovely prose.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 1999
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lezli Gunn | 2/20/2014

    " This will make you think you're the best mother-in-law in the world! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dev | 2/19/2014

    " One of the most insipid books I have read in a long time! DEPRESSING! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeanine Halada | 2/2/2014

    " Another one of Oprah's books I did not enjoy:( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent read...very easy to connect to the main character Ellen. Really was able to totally absorb myself in this book and each of the characters. I highly recommend. "

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