Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

The Taming of the Shrew Retold

Book - 2016
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Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies
Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. 

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?
Publisher: New York : Hogarth Shakespeare, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780804141260
Branch Call Number: TYLER A
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 01, 2019

Great fun and wonderful characters, as you would expect from Anne Tyler. I think Shakespeare would approve!

Nov 30, 2019

My favorite Anne Tyler book so far--loved this! Authentic life of scientists, professors--plenty of humor and affection.

Oct 16, 2019

After reading "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" and "Accidental Tourist", I really liked Anne Tyler's writing style. However, Vinegar Girl was a waste of time. I kept reading it through to the end, hoping it would redeem itself before the end, but alas, it was ALL WASTED TIME. This book was a total cop out for Anne Tyler. SO DISAPPOINTING. The book goes from just barely knowing this guy (not even a kiss had transpired yet) and then suddenly, it's over and skips forward to when their son is about 10. What a bummer!!!!

Apr 17, 2019

Comical but unconvincing.

Mar 29, 2019

Negative, Negative, Negative. I realized a lot about myself and will continue to become more positive, positive, positive.

Mar 29, 2019

As hoped for, the quirky and severely human characters in this novel are "classic" Tyler, and I feel comforted and happy about that. Sometimes, it seemed that efforts to make the novel match or reflect the tone and storyline of 'The Taming of the Shrew' resulted in some strain or clunkiness in the narrative, at only those points. But, a minor bump in flow does not affect the pace of reading. Enjoyed this newest addition to Tyler's oeuvre.

DBRL_IdaF Jan 30, 2019

A modern re-telling of "The Taming of the Shrew." I liked this version better than Shakespeare's. For one thing, we get the story from the point of view of the title character. For another, the "taming" is of a different sort.

DCPL_Melissa Nov 16, 2018

I liked the changes Anne Tyler made to the story, especially in the characters, but I needed more time with them. The plot was surprisingly simple. I kept expecting there to be more twists, but Vinegar Girl was still a sweet, funny retelling.

0Charlie Sep 27, 2018

Having read several works that use Shakespeare stories, I was interested in the approach to this work. Using the play "The Taming of the Shrew", the author updated the scenario and characters. Unfortunately, I did not find the outcome new or interesting or surprising. I suggest trying "Juliet's Nurse" by Lois Leveen for a more imaginative rethinking of a Shakespeare work.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 04, 2018

The Hogarth Shakespeare project invited prominent novelists to retell the stories of his plays. This charming and funny short book is based on The Taming of the Shrew.

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Apr 17, 2019

Kate used to fantasize that her aunt’s perennial scarves were meant to hide something – a past surgery or, who knows, maybe a couple of fang marks.

Dec 19, 2016

The unsatisfying thing about practicing restraint was that nobody knew you were practicing it.


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