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The Sausage Maker's Daughters

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The sausage maker's youngest daughter is heading for the fight of her battle-scarred life. It's the era of the counterculture and Vietnam. But twenty-four-year-old Kip Czermanksi is nowhere near her home in California. She's in a jail cell in her hometown in Wisconsin awaiting a court appearance in the mysterious death of her ex-lover, who happened to be her brother-in-law ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by BiblioFile Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook-net-galley
I thought this book would be another take on KING LEAR....likeA Thousand Acres..a literate, "moving" take.....Not so...Shakespearian this is tone or telling

Kip Czermanski was the eternal Black Sheep in her family of Breck Blonde sisters...and the strict Catholicism...Needless to say Kip was short and dark haired...Kip was the trouble maker..the wild child...the Counter Culture rabble rouser who loved to terrorize her family by indulging in such "nonsense" as anti-war activities..Femini
OMG! If I could give this book six stars, I would. The story is set in Wisconsin in the early 1970's. The protagonist is the youngest daughter of the sausage-factory owner. She is accused of murder and the story is framed around her testimony to her lawyers and in the courtroom. For those who love realistic literature, with references to historical events, courtroom drama, and family interactions - READ IT!!! I could not put this book down and I wish I could read it again for the first time.

Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-copy
I'm going to start by mentioning this and think I really need to that the title is one I don't like. I was very apprehensive about reading it. Then I actually read the book and had something other than the title to base my opinion on. Suffice it to say the title I still don't care for now, not just because it sounds weird though very fitting as that is exactly what it's about but because I don't think it does the story justice.

This book is one that is perfect if you like good strong in depth rea
Kari Anderson
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The sausage maker’s youngest daughter is heading for the fight of her battle-scarred life. It’s the era of the counterculture and Vietnam. But twenty-four-year-old Kip Czermanksi is nowhere near her home in California. She’s in a jail cell in her hometown in Wisconsin awaiting a court appearance in the mysterious death of her ex-lover, who happened to be her brother-in-law. Given her father is the small town’s leading citizen; Kip isn’t overly worried, at first. But the personal grudge the DA ho ...more
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Sausage Maker's Daughters
AGS Johnson

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Kip grows up as the youngest child of a Polish family in a small town in Wisconsin.  
She never knew her mother and was raised by a string of Polish nannies and an older sister who doesn't appear to be that fond of her.  She comes home to see her oldest sister...a nun...just before this sister dies.  While sleeping in her old childhood bedroom...her brother in law is killed...he just happens to be an old college professor and her ex lover.
Brittany Rehage
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've got a confession. I tend to judge books by their covers and titles more than I should. And when I first saw this book and its title, I wasn't really interested. And then I read the description and I was a little interested, but my initial judgment of its cover still clouded my vision a bit.

However, the more I read, the more I loved. Kip is a wonderful character that grows throughout the entire novel and starts out a strong character, and ends an even stronger one. My favorite part about thi
Diane S ☔
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The title really doesn't do this book justice, although it and the family reputation have a great deal to do with the novel. This book was pure entertainment. Kip, the youngest of four daughters, the only one not blonde, and the daughter of her small Wisconsin town's largest employer, has always been the family misfit. The family is basically considered small town royalty so how does she find herself on trial for the murder of her brother in law? As the trail unfolds and during her interviews wi ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am Polish, was raised Catholic, have sisters, and grew up in the 60s and 70s in a small town in the midwest. I thought I would be able to relate to these characters, but this family was unrelentingly toxic. There is no nuance here in the characters or the writing, and as Judith noted in her review, the tone is annoyingly "preachy-teachy". The dialogue was preposterous and often unrelated to the setting or context. ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
unspeakably bad. If not for my inability to quit books after I've started them, I would not have made it past page 5. I'm not sure I've ever read anything more predictable and cliche. Worst of the worst the writing itself was nail-on-chalkboard bad. Usually I find the average of goodread reviews to be a solid indicator of book-goodness, sadly not the case with this gem!
Marissa DeCuir
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A well-written, engaging novel that kept me guessing literally until the last few pages. I really enjoyed getting to know the main character and wanted to just scream at her older sister for being such a terrible human being! Great story!
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In skimming the other reviews, I see us readers share one concern; the title and cover of the book. It's very deceptive and somewhat of a turnoff (possibly because I'm vegetarian..?) HOWEVER, the book itself is a different story.

We are introduced to Kip Czermanski, a young feminist who is strong headed and not willing to put up with anybody's crap. She is the youngest of four sisters and have relied on them for her upbringing, which they basically failed at.

So the plot of this story has to dea
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was not at all what I expected. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting, but what I got was an intriguing courtroom drama filled with lots of intense family drama.

The Czermanski family is a complex mess. Reading the book and learning their history and relationship dynamics was like watching a train wreck. You couldn't look away, and yet it felt that you were spying on something personal that you shouldn't see.

Kip's personal story was heartbreaking. She had a hard childhood, and comp
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Very rarely does a book completely take me away and this one absolutely did. I was a little put off by this synopsis, but hopefully I will convince you all that this is one to go out and grab immediately.

From the beginning you are introduced to the baby of the family - Kip who is very different from her three older sisters who all have blonde hair and are all praised for their beauty. Kip is the younger sister that has taken on the problems of the family, but after college she escaped to Califor
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, feminists, fiction addicts
Back in Wisconsin for the funeral of her sister, a nun, she wakes up to her naked dead ex-lover, now brother-in-law, next to her in bed. Who killed him and why? It took the author years to write this book and for good reason. The twists and turns in this book kept me guessing up to the last pages. A number of people I know have read this book and NOBODY has solved the mystery, but it makes perfect sense by the end.
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ARC Giveaway & Book Review: The Sausage Maker’s Daughters is pure mystery and courtroom drama but underneath, it is the story of a family, its dynamics and its unwritten rules. It’s about feeling like an outsider in your town and your family, and about going home again when you swore you never would. It’s a universal story that will appeal to a lot of people who don’t normally read mysteries or courtroom dramas. Read the rest of my review & enter our giveaway at ...more
Sami Jo
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. AGS uses Music references throughout the chapters (which really hits home with me), and I love the storyline and that it includes such a strong woman protagonist (KIP) and her attorney. You will definitely be kept guessing throughout this book, and probably lose a few nights of sleep for it. Definitely put this on your 'to read' list! ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Had a rather hard time getting into this book but did start to enjoy the character development and especially I wanted to see Kip vindicated. "Enjoyed" the family intrigue. If you ever thought your family was not the most highly functioning, wait until you meet this family Recommend. ...more
Cheryl Hendricks
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A family of girls whose mother died after the birth of the last daughter has problems. Then there is a murder after the funeral of the oldest daughter.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it
just finished the book; "The Sausage Maker's Daughters" by AGS Johnson which I enjoyed very much. Wow, what a dysfunctional family and in some ways reminded me of mine growing up as a child!If we all look closely there are bits of this story in all our childhoods...

It took me awhile to like or have any sympathy at all for Kip but when I realized how much childhood crap she was toting around, I could understand all the anger just bubbling away on
the surface of her personality and all through her
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A murder. Inability to remember. A jail cell. Flashbacks. Court. What a novel!

Kip (born Knavere Priestley Czermanski -- no wonder she changed it legally) finds herself in a jail cell. A man has been murdered, naked, in her bed of all places. She is found standing next to the bed. This dead man used to be her college professor-and-lover, and now (gasp) her brother-in-law. Kip is accused and soon to stand trial.

It is 1972. Kip is the youngest of four daughters of a prominent business man. She is
Kristen Buchanan
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I know, I know.. you aren't suppose to judge a book by its cover... or title. But, admittingly I judged a little. The more and more I read the book, my judgments faded. Quickly. I really, really enjoyed this book. It was intriguing, and Kip was such a complex character. She's strong yet weak, relatable yet unrelatable. Not just her, but the characters were so well described, so well explained that I really began to love them and hate them. These are some of the best written characters that I hav ...more
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Flashbacks normally bother me, but I like the way the author made it smooth and not at all confusing. I liked how the author used the flashbacks to slowly craft Kip, a necessarily strong but flawed main character who came from a less-than-loving family. In fact, I had a visceral dislike for Kip's family.

There was a part discussing feminism that took a while for me to get through, but I know it was part of Kip's personality.

Not necessarily nail-bitingly suspenseful, but I was caught up in all the
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hmm, I'm not sure how I felt about this book. I couldn't stand Kip, not because she was a trouble maker or black sheep, she was just too far out for me. I've never been a huge fan of the 60s or 70s so maybe I took a gamble on this book with it being during that time era.
I did enjoy a few characters in the book, one being Phil. I was bored with the beginning of the book until William, Phil and the courtroom were introduced, it held my interest enough to need to find out what happened to Stan.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Wouldn't
Shelves: adult, fiction
A great beginning and ending but the middle sucked. The book just kept dragging on. Maybe it could have been better if it was half the length. Also, Kip's speech annoyed me, "Maaan," "Golly" and random, non-colloquial French wordsphrases. I'm not sure if Johnson did it to convey Kip's immaturity or as a reference to the times, but it didn't do either. Oh, and the ending wasn't surprising in the least. ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very intriguing and compelling book. It immediately drew me in, and the dysfunction of the Czermanski family builds with each passing page. Such a good book!
Apr 22, 2012 added it
Wanted to like it but could not get through it!
Susie Johnson
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
a quick read....not the best....but better than lots
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Great character development, the plot located in Wisconsin, and a murder mystery. I was unable to put it down. Don't let the cover mislead, it is a great read. ...more
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm adding this at the end of the year so I don't remember much about the book other than I enjoyed it. ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I would give it 3.5 stars.

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AGS Johnson always intended to be a writer. But raised in a Midwestern family of five girls and no boys, she embarked on a career in the corporate world that would allow her to explore why men were treated differently than women. Armed with a business degree, for over 20 years she was a banker, most often working with international currencies.

Still, writing remained a dream, so she returned to sch

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