Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay – Book 66

Oprah really does a great job with her book picks, and Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay is no exception.

Ellen’s husband James lost his job, and instead of being proactive to find a new one, he moves them and their two children, Amy and Herbert, to his parents’ house in another state.

Wouldn’t be too terrible except that James’s dad is abusive both physically to James and verbally to everyone.  And his mother is not nice at all to anyone in the family except for her beloved James, her baby who cannot do any wrong.

Ellen is miserable, the kids are miserable, seems like James’s parents aren’t too happy either, but James is perfectly content.

Will Ellen ever get up the courage to make some decisions on her own and make a change to better her family, with or without James?

This book is a more subtle read about family that, although it’s not some mind-blowing plot, kept me interested from page 1.  Worth the read.  But don’t take my word for it, Oprah did choose it a few years ago for her book club.

Are you a fan of Oprah’s book choices?


21 thoughts on “Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay – Book 66

    • I read it really quickly, so if it’s something you want to reread, I’m sure you’ll get through it quickly as well.

      I’m reading Where the Heart Is right now, but I think I have read it before, like in high school, since it seems vaguely familiar. I’m just not sure!


  1. I should just say ditto to Heather’s comment. 😉 I know I read it, I know I liked it but I hardly remember anything about it 😦


    • Sometimes I feel that way, too. I think that because it’s a subtle read that is really great but has a smaller, less prominent type of storyline. It’s really a good book, but it’s not like you’re going to be all whoa, what a twisted story! It’s just much more subtle. I can’t explain it in another way.


  2. I’m not a Ophra’s fan because I don’t watch the programme 😉

    Well, the book sounds interesting, the atmosphere in that house where the wife is not welcome and how to face it. Ohhh what a luck my boyfriend says I’m not in a relation with his family, only with him 😛 (his mother is lovely, anyway!)


  3. I almost always enjoy Oprah’s selections. I really really hated Map of the World by Jane Hamilton, but I think I was just really angry with the situation in the novel. I read The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton and thought it was fabulous. I decided I couldn’t hold a grudge anymore. That Oprah’s got good taste.


  4. I haven’t read this selection but will have to check it out. I recently finished The Twelve Tribes of Hattie from Oprah’s 2.0 Book Club and it was beautifully written. I like that there is a great deal of substance to the books she selects.
    Happy Reading!


    • I am actually very excited to read The Twelve Tribes! I think she does such a great job of choosing amazing books to read. There are VERY few I haven’t loved, and I’ve probably read at least half of the picks so far.


  5. I haven’t heard of this one. Oprah’s picks have been hit and miss for me. I do like some of them, but I tend to think that she chooses depressing books. So I certainly don’t read an Oprah book if I’m looking for something uplifting.


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