Title Profile & Character Information

Vinegar Hill

Annotation
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 yhoung woman's passionate spirit. And here Ellen must find the strength to endure, change, and grow in the all-pervading darkness that threatens to destroy everything she is and everyone she loves.

Characters
NameGrier, Ellen
GenderFemale
OccupationTeacher
TraitsMarried
Mother

NameGrier, James
GenderMale
OccupationSalesman
TraitsMarried
Father

NameGrier, Fritz
GenderMale
TraitsGrandfather
Abusive

NameGrier, Mary-Margaret
GenderFemale
TraitGrandmother

GenreDomestic
Gothic
Fiction
TopicsCountry life
Dysfunctional families
In-laws
Family secrets
Catholics
Hope
SettingHolly's Field, Wisconsin
Rural
Small town
Hometown