Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl

Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Fiction, retelling

Medium: Hardback

Synopsis: Kate Battista is in a compromising position.  She lives at home, works with children, and has to deal with taking care of both her 15-year old sister and her scientist father.  Things seem to be going okay until her father mentions that his assistant’s work visa is ending soon…and to gain him permanent residence, would you be so kind as to marry him?  In this modern retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, watch how this romance unfolds under the pressures of contemporary society.

Review: How long has it been since I’ve read a book in one night?  Before I read this book, I wasn’t sure.  Now, I can safely say that it’s been just a week or so ago.  Maybe it’s just because I really love Shakespeare, maybe it’s because the characters were so genuine, or maybe it’s because of the subject of family.  Maybe it’s all three.  Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

As a retelling of one of the beloved bard’s plays, I was entranced almost immediately.  Kate, the curt and blunt protagonist being paired up with Pyotr, a Russian immigrant with a technical grasp of the English language.

Oh–and fellow animal rights activists–vegetarianism, veganism, and animal activism is mentioned in here too!  Not without its usual jabs, of course, but hey!  Progress!!  (Okay, maybe this was part of why I loved this book so much–I had to see whether Bianca was steadfast to her beliefs or whether Kate was right in her perceptions).

Ultimately, this book was quick, witty, and leaves you wondering just what would have happened if Kate made different choices…

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