Vinegar Girl

Monday, July 25, 2016
Anne Tyler
Vinegar Girl

Anne Tyler fans will be happy to know that she has written a new book! She had announced that her last book would be her actual last book ever. But this one is different. It is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, and it is just great. In this contemporary setting, Kate is living with her father and younger sister and at nearly 30, seemingly stuck in a rut of caregiving. She works at a preschool where she is not diplomatic in her dealings with parents and co-workers; in fact she is known for her sharp tongue. Her father Louis is a sort of absent-minded professor, a medical researcher working on what he considers an important project. Her 15-year-old sister Bunny is in need of supervision, which is left to Kate. Kate doesn’t feel lonely, just unsettled as to how her life has turned out. Then Kate’s father has a proposal for her--literally. Will she marry his lab assistant Pyotr in order for him to stay in this country? His visa is about to expire and he will have to leave if he doesn’t get married. Her father desperately wants Pyotr to stay and work with him. This is someone Kate has never even met. The story unfolds from there, and it is so much fun. Anne Tyler writes so well about family and couple relationships that you almost feel like you know these people. It was a wonderful surprise to discover that she had written another book!

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Pat P., Tech Services

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