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William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is retold as Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author.

Anne Tyler’s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. Its answer is as individual, offbeat, and funny as Kate herself.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and her uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work—her preschool charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has his own problems. After years 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, Dr. Battista’s work may not ever be realized.

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. Will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shakespeare…would be pleased, I am sure."

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Knockabout comedy at its best, genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and, indeed, may be [Tyler’s] funniest book to date.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • "[An] ingenious resetting…with considerably more humor and gentleness than in the Bard’s version.”

    Washington Post

  • “An effective retelling, while nodding to the original text, stands on its own as a story…Charming…[and] clever”

    Boston Globe

  • “[A] great success; Vinegar Girl is funny and endearing, the quirky characters vintage Tyler.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “[A] screwball comedy of manners that actually channels Jane Austen more than Shakespeare…A fizzy cocktail of a romantic comedy, far more sweet than acidic, about finding a mate who appreciates you for your idiosyncratic, principled self.”


  • “With the characteristic light touch of her twenty previous novels, Tyler plausibly depicts the halting evolution of Kate and Pyotr’s relationship.”


  • “Narrator Kirsten Potter makes Tyler’s modern-day Kate likable and appropriately quick-witted and sharp-tongued…[and] maintains the sardonic tone.”


  • A June 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Indie Next List Pick for July 2016 
  • A BookPage Top Pick for July 2016
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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