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Ansay, A. Manette

Overview
Works: 19 works in 186 publications in 4 languages and 12,068 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Romance fiction  Biography  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3551.N645, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about A. Manette Ansay
 
Most widely held works by A. Manette Ansay
Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

51 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her debut novel, Manette Ansay writes of one woman's gradual realization that in order to reenvision her life she must break all the rules. It is 1972 and Ellen Grier finds herself back in the Midwestern hometown she thought she had escaped for good. Worse yet, she and her family have had to move in with her in-laws: narrow-minded, eccentric people who are as tough as the farm lives they have endured. Devout Catholics, they inhabit a world "as rigid, as precise as a church," and Ellen struggles to live by their motto: "A place for everything; everything in its place." But there is no place for Ellen -- fresh, funny, bright with passion -- in a house filled with the dust of routine and the ritual of prayer, the lingering bitterness of her in-laws' loveless marriage. She tries to be the model woman everyone expects her to be -- teaching at the Catholic school, coaxing her traveling-salesman husband through his increasingly irrational moods, caring for his aging parents -- but Ellen's hopes for her family's future collide with life in this bizarre household, and she worries over her wryly observant adolescent daughter and her timid young son. Encouraged by her friend Barb, a woman ostracized for being "modern" and "wild," Ellen begins to consider her own desires and dreams as well. Surrounded by the family's obsession with an exacting, angry God and the disquieting ghosts of the past, Ellen searches for a way to satisfy the demands of this rural community and its traditions until, at last, she discovers the family's darkest secret, one that frees her and changes her life forever
Blue water by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meg and Rex Van Dorn's lives are irrevocably changed when a drunk driver slams into Meg's car, killing the couple's six-year-old son, Evan. In their rage and grief, Meg and Rex buy a boat to sail around the world, hoping to put as much distance between themselves and Cindy Ann Kreisler, the driver of the car
Midnight champagne : a novel by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on a wedding in Wisconsin. The booze flows, the guests polka and everyone has an opinion on the couple's future, each the reflection of a different marital experience. A study in love and marriage by the author of River Angel
River angel by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 1,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a drowned boy surfaces in a barn a mile downstream, still dead but smiling, the people of a town in Wisconsin see the hand of an angel, said to live by the river. The barn becomes a shrine and a tourist industry grows
Sister by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A father's insistence that men be men and women be women leads to a family breakup. The son becomes a drug addict, the daughter loses her religion and the mother gets a job. Told by the daughter as she awaits a baby. By the author of Vinegar Hill
Good things I wish you : a novel by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Battling feelings of loss and apathy in the wake of a painful divorce, novelist Jeanette struggles to complete a book about the long-term relationship between Clara Schumann, a celebrated pianist and the wife of the composer Robert Schumann, and her husband's protégé, the handsome young composer Johannes Brahms, while at the same time dealing with her feelings towards the mysterious, worldly Hart whose casual help with translations quickly blossoms into something more
Cooking for Harry : a low-carbohydrate novel by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Italian and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When her husband joins a weight-loss study and embraces a new diet, Francie becomes intimidated by his healthier outlook, attractive new friends, and the subsequent changes that occur within their family life
Read this and tell me what it says by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen stories set in the Midwest. The title story tells what happens when parents push a child too hard to succeed, Ohio is on a pastor who left his church and wife to live in sin, and in Smoke, cats protect a widow from the ghost of her husband
Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay( Recording )

17 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is 1972 when circumstance carries Ellie 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 the facade of false piety, there are sins and secrets in this place that could crush a vibrant young 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."--Container
Blue water by A. Manette Ansay( Recording )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Megan and Rex Van Dorn sail into Houndfish Cray, they look to all the world like a couple who have left the cares of the shore behind them to live their dream. But when people ask, "Do you have children?", Meg doesn't know how to answer. For Meg and Rex took to the water following the death of their only child, Evan, in a road accident - killed by Cindy Ann Kreisler, who, back when they were teenagers, had been Megan's best friend. The couple's only plan as they set sail was to put as much distance between themselves and Cindy Ann as possible. But when Meg has to return to shore for her brother's wedding, she is forced to face the complex ties that bind her to the woman who has wounded her so badly. Impassioned, intense and insightful, this is the story of the desire for revenge and the impact of tragedy upon marriage and family
Ich war an dunklen Orten Geschichte einer Befreiung by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in German and Undetermined and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Große Schwester Roman by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Manette Ansay, Kyna Taylor, Diedre Pope, and Tim Melley read from their works by A. Manette Ansay( Recording )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

MFA candidates read from their work by A. Manette Ansay( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

River angel by A. Manette Ansay( Recording )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Sister by A. Manette Ansay( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A. Manette Ansay reads from her novel "Vinegar Hill." by A. Manette Ansay( Recording )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ansay's "Vinegar Hill" is an account of the lives of a school teacher, her husband, and their two children as they return to their hometown to live with his parents. Ansay reads excerpts from the sections entitled "Lullaby," "Money," and "Braid."
Limbo : a memoir by A. Manette Ansay( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From childhood, acclaimed novelist A. Manette Ansay trained to become a concert pianist. But when she was nineteen, a mysterious muscle disorder forced her to give up the piano, and by twenty-one, she couldn't grip a pen or walk across a room. She entered a world of limbo, one in which no one could explain what was happening to her or predict what the future would hold. -- -- -- is a brilliant and moving testimony to the resilience of the human spirit
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identityJames, Kay-Marie

A. Manette Ansay Amerikaans romanschrijfster

A. Manette Ansay Novelist

Ansay, Manette

James, Kay-Marie.

Languages
English (164)

Italian (7)

French (7)

German (3)

Covers
Blue waterMidnight champagne : a novelRiver angelSisterGood things I wish you : a novelCooking for Harry : a low-carbohydrate novelRead this and tell me what it saysVinegar HillLimbo : a memoir