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 young woman's passionate spirit. And here Ellen must find the straight to endure, change, and grow in the all-pervading darkness that threatens to destroy everything she is and everyone she loves.
Topics: Family, Secrets, Dysfunctional Family, Catholicism, Marriage, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Domestic, Violent, Bitter, Heartbreaking, 1970s, Wisconsin, Small Town, Debut, Semi-Autobiographical, and Third Person Narration
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I have read about 60 pages and I do like the book so far. It looks like a book I will finish pretty soon.
I will update this journal when I am done.
Update 30 March 2004
Well I have finished it already.
Some of my thoughts.
I was very surprised when Fritz hit his son James and more surprised that James left (well not for long)
it is a dark book, but it was nice reading the thoughts of the different characters.
First I felt sorry for Ellen but later I thought she needed a kick on her butt. Poor kids.
I also agree with you guys about that they should marry only because they spent a night in the car. i think the author messed up there cause yes those things happened but not in 1972( well my opinion). It weren't people who I felt affected to, even the child Amy was weird :-)but I did think it was interesting