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.
Vinegar Girlby Anne Tyler
Vinegar Girl is a short novel based off of the Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew. The highlight of the novel is Kate, the main character. Her personality is so thorny and funny, and although she might be displeasurable to meet if she weren't fictional, she is a delight to read about. Anne Tyler also paints her other characters well, even though the book is so short.
I liked the book in general--although I took off a point because there were a couple of parts that I thought were a bit strange or could have been better written. The epilogue, for example, was a little too weird, and there was a character brought into it who didn't quite seem to fit. Overall, however, the book was a fun read and interesting to think about. I would still recommend Vinegar Girl.
Profanity/Language: 13 religious exclamations; 13 mild obscenities; 2 religious profanities; 3 derogatory names; 3 anatomical terms.
Violence/Gore: An adult character talks about how he punched a young adult.
Sex/Nudity: A man kisses a woman on the cheek and hugs her; a man kisses a woman on the cheek; a woman kisses a man; a teen assumes out loud that an adult couple have been making out.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death of a family member, discussion about being an orphan, robbery, breaking immigration laws.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink alcohol.
Reviewed By Amber