Anne Tyler is one of those amazingly talented writers who portrays life and relationships in a seemingly simple way that leaves you feeling like there is so much more beneath the surface. In her latest, Vinegar Girl: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare), Tyler puts her spin on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
The Taming of the Shrew is one of the few Shakespearean plays that I haven’t read, so I don’t have any basis for comparison. In the book, Kate is a preschool teacher running a household with her father, a scientist, and her teenage sister. Her father’s assistant, Pyotr, has an expiring visa. Kate’s father comes up with the idea arrange a marriage between Pyotr and Kate (thus ensuring he has his assistant for his research).
Overall I thought this was a fun, charming book that’s a perfect summer read. The book is small and less than 250 pages long. I have read other books by Tyler and enjoyed them and this one was no different. She writes in a relate-able way and it was fun to read it all come together.
More info on the Shakespeare retellings here.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.