It has been a long time since I read The Women's Room but my partner then told me it was making me so angry that I should stop reading it.
Vinegar Hill was similarly enraging.
The characters in Vinegar Hill are so lacking in charm and empathy that the atmosphere is poisonous. The reasons why the characters behave as they do is explained towards the end of the book but the reasons are no excuse for the way things were in this household. Anyone wanting to know why equity in relationships is a *good thing* should be encouraged to read this novel and wonder if women's lives really were so controlled by small minded religious cultures in the 70s. If you have a good job and relationship now, thank the women who went before you and remember it was not always thus. Worth a read if you can manage to distance yourself from the lives of the main characters.
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