Vinegar Girl is a retelling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew”. In Anne Tyler's fun and enjoyable version Kate Battista is a single 29 year old living at home looking after her scientist father and much younger sister Bunny. Kate has a job as an assistant at a preschool but, like her life, the job isn't really going anywhere. Her father on the other hand, finds himself faced with a dilemma. His foreign research assistant needs to find a way to remain in the country. Will Kate provide the solution her father desires by marrying this man? Will all turn out as expected if she does? It's worth reading along to find out.
Tyler presents a modern world where everyone is interested in themselves but, at the same time they may not all be exactly as they appear on the surface. The work if full of fun and engaging characters. It's witty as well as engaging. Tyler uses the right amount of description and detail, as well as character interaction to keep the reader wanting more. I particularly liked the subtle transformation in Kate from the teacher's assistant, who didn't have time to sugar coat things for the children to the later version who made plenty of excuses for things she couldn't quite control.
It did however, seem to end a bit abruptly. There was an epilogue that brings a nice ending to the story. Overall, I found it an entertaining and worthwhile read.
Thanks to blogging for books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.