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Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
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Vinegar Hill is one of the saddest books I've ever read. Set in 1972 in Wisconsin, we meet James, his wife Ellen, their children Amy & Bert and James' parents Mary Margaret and Fritz. James & Ellen are forced by financial circumstances to move back in with James' parents, temporarily. The author gives an account of events of one year with this family, from different view points of the different family members while also giving us a haunted back story. The book is filled with stories of regret, feeling trapped, feeling out of control, and overall disdain for lives they feel they never chose and the sadness of how far the realities of their present lives differ from what they dreamed them to be. This family is plagued with horrible family secrets, but these characters are eerily familiar, and I relate to them. I ended this book feeling terrible for this family, for each person, and sad.
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Reading Progress

April 13, 2011 – Shelved
April 22, 2011 – Started Reading
April 22, 2011 –
page 22
8.09%
April 23, 2011 –
page 31
11.4%
April 23, 2011 –
page 132
48.53%
April 24, 2011 –
page 137
50.37%
April 25, 2011 – Finished Reading

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