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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

The magic of Shakespeare is brought into the modern age by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who has the finesse to chronicle family relationships with honestly and subtly. 

Anne Tyler, author of countless books including A Spool Of Blue Thread, is one of the select group of authors commissioned to bring the works of Shakespeare into the modern age. Other published works have been A Gap In Time by Jeanette Winterson and Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson.

Tyler's focus here is The Taming Of The Shrew where the eponymous Katherine is portrayed in Vinegar Girl by a modern day independent woman named Kate Battista. 

At twenty-nine she is still single but trapped in a world of taking care of her father and younger sister, Bunny. She has a job teaching at a preschool, that she landed on quite by chance, but she isn't really good at it (made apparent by the countless times she gets called into the headmistress' office due to her conduct). 

Then comes a proposal, of sorts. Will Kate sacrifice herself for a man? She feels stuck and the plot keeps you hooked right to the end. 

In classic Anne Tyler style, Vinegar Girl deftly tackles the ebbs and flows of love, and disappointment, and there's a bit of hope sprinkled in for good measure. It's the story of family life, complete with chaos and reconciliation. But unlike her previous works, Vinegar Girl appears a bit more streamlined and accessible to a wider audience. 

Vinegar Girl is published by HOGARTH a trademark of Penguin Random House. 

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative and Social Media strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle) 

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