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Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
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Jun 22, 2009

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Read in June, 2009

I read this book in just two days. Obviously it is a very quick read, and I kept wanting to pick the book up again and read a few pages. Yes, this book is bleak and depressing, but it seems very realistic. Before divorce was as common as marriage, people stayed together no matter what, regardless of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse -- all of which occur to the women in this book. I find the end to be very hopeful; the wife decides to make a change right as her daughter stands on the brink of puberty. One hopes that she has saved her daughter in time from making the same mistakes.

Other reviewers complain about the claustrophobic and bleak nature of the imagery, but for me it reinforces the claustrophobia and the bleak world in which the protagonist lives. When you're living in depression, you can barely see past your own nose, and the author did a wonderful job of expressing that.

This isn't one of the best books that I have read, but it did hold my interest and occupy me for a couple of days. If you are one for light and amusing chick lit, I would not recommend this to you.
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