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Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold (edition 2017)

by Anne Tyler (Author)

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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?… (more)
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Title:Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold
Authors:Anne Tyler (Author)
Info:Vintage (2017), Edition: 01, 272 pages
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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

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    The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (cbl_tn)
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I have read other books in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, suck as Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. Anne Tyler's version of "The Taming of the Shrew" did not live up to the brilliance of the original, but there were some funny moments, mainly in the end. Part of the problem was that Tyler uses the point of view of Kate, the shrew, which results in a very unappealing, whiny beginning chapters. I almost put the book down. The story becomes more palatable about a third of the way in, when Kate agrees to get married, but still misses real spirit. ( )
  Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
A very quick read, like an extended short story. ( )
  bardbooks | Nov 11, 2021 |
While this was not my favorite of Anne Tyler's novels, it did not disappoint. I love her quirky unlikable but likeable characters. ( )
  Tosta | Sep 17, 2021 |
Kate Battista knows people can perceive her as abrasive at times. But she's honest, independent, and isn't intentionally mean. Everyone just seems to expect her to fit a mold that doesn't fit. Even the coworker she really wishes would notice her.

Everything comes to a head when Kate's father presents her with a ridiculous demand. He wants Kate to marry his lab assistant, Pyotr, so he can stay in the country. Kate rejects the proposal outright (How could he ask her that?) at first, but eventually she decides it might not be so bad. She can manage it for a year, right? And it will get her out of her father's house, where her needy father and sister dominate her life.

Pyotr gets on Kate's nerves, especially at first. He's always so optimistic and reads their interactions more positively than Kate intends. But as she gets to know him better, could she discover something deeper? What really makes Pyotr tick? An unexpected event on their wedding day gives Kate the chance to truly see what life with Pyotr would be like. Can she manage it for a year? Or could it even become something that lasts?

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I often enjoy modern retellings of Shakespeare plays. There's something about adapting a classic into a new work that reflects the challenges and realities of today's society that gets me thinking. Some issues we face as people transcend time. And others change shape but still linger over us regardless of the decade. I have to say that I do like what Anne Tyler did here with The Taming of the Shrew.

If you weren't a fan of 10 Things I Hate About You (or even if you were), this is probably the story that you needed instead. It's well-written, dynamic, and paced in a more interesting and realistic way.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.] ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
Entertaining, quick read. Perfect summer book. ( )
  carolfoisset | Aug 14, 2021 |
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Tyler, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brand, ChristopherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dong, LorenDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Potter, KirstenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Potter, KristinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilkins, SarahCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Kate Battista was gardening out back when she heard the telephone ring in the kitchen.
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"Not all scientists prefer blondes."
(The unsatisfying thing about practicing restraint was that nobody knew you were practicing it.)
The thought didn't disturb her. She had used this room up, she felt. She had used this life up.
But she was pleased, in spite of herself. She knew what he was trying to say. ¶ It crossed her mind that if her mother had known too—if she had been able to read the signals—the lives of all four of them might have been much happier. ¶ For the first time, it occurred to her that she herself was getting better at reading signals.
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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?

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Anne Tyler's modern retelling of the Shakespeare play "The taming of the shrew."
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