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Manette Ansay

(A Manette Ansay)
USA flag (1964 - )

A. Manette Ansay's first novel, Vinegar Hill, established the writer as a novelist who could tell a difficult story with great grace. Ansay's honest, moving fiction is infused with the reality of Midwestern farm life, the constraints of Roman Catholicism, and the toll the combination can take on women and men alike.
Non fiction
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1999) : Vinegar Hill

Manette Ansay recommends
A Trick of Nature (2000)
Suzanne Matson
"A compassionate psychological portrait of one family's slow unravelling [that] skillfully charts the often unpredictable aftershocks of tragedy."
Everything Asian (2009)
Sung J Woo
"A tender, funny, beautifully written novel-in-stories, each a sparkling step into the coming-of-age journey of a boy straddling two cultures with remarkable humor and grace."
The Burning Veil (2010)
Jean Grant
"I read The Burning Veil in two sittings, compelled to swallow pages as quickly as possible, even as I longed to linger - and often did - over richly-rendered details about day to day life in Saudi Arabia. Jean Grant's contemporary love story about cultural collision vying against our shared human longing for connection left me deeply moved, and at times, deeply melancholy, as religious fundamentalism gains strength in the U.S. and around the world. A powerful and important first novel."

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