Hogarth Shakespeare

Vinegar Girl

Publisher: Knopf Canada
Could the taming of Shakespeare's shrew, Katherina, happen today? Find out in this funny, off-beat version from one of our most beloved novelists.

"You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that."
    Kate Battista is feeling 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 preschool charges adore her, but the adults 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.... 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 win her round?
     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, off-beat, and funny as Kate herself.


Praise for Anne Tyler:
“For the converted, the publication of a new Anne Tyler novel is like holy communion, a ritual return to the altar of the Homesick Restaurant, another opportunity to explore the muddles of the human condition in language as clear as a mountain spring.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Embarking on an Anne Tyler novel is like heading off on vacation to a favorite destination: You’re filled with anticipation of pleasure, even though you know the place is likely to have changed since your last visit.” —NPR

“Funny and strange, touching, unusual: Over the course of fourteen huge-hearted books, Anne Tyler has defined those words for her prodigious readership—given them names, given them dreams, given them (most often) grace.” —The Baltimore Sun

“Not merely good. . . . She is wickedly good!” —John Updike

“Anne Tyler is surely one of the most satisfying novelists working in America today.” —Chicago Tribune
“To read a novel by Anne Tyler is to fall in love.” —People
“Anne Tyler is a magical writer.” —Los Angeles Times

Praise for Vinegar Girl:
“[Vinegar Girl] is full of Tyler’s signature virtues—domestic details, familial conflict, emotional ambivalence, a sharp sense of place. . . . Novels such as Anne Tyler’s, which are so precise and current, are like photographs or digital clock faces that tell us where we are and where we are coming from at the same time. Vinegar Girl is an earthy reflection of this fleeting moment, both lively and thoughtful.” —Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book Review

“I loved Kate and Pyotr and the way they discover the oversized, tender, irreverent relationship that fits them . . . It is joyful.” —Rachel Joyce

“Resplendent storyteller Tyler (A Spool of Blue Thread, 2015) is perfectly paired with The Taming of the Shrew. . . . Deeply and pleasurably inspired by her source, Tyler is marvelously nimble and effervescent in this charming, hilarious, and wickedly shrewd tale of reversal and revelation.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Tyler is the recognised master of American family life and she retains her canny ability to invest domestic detail with easy relevance.” —The Courier Mail 

“[S]parky, intelligent spin on Shakespeare’s controversial classic.” —The Guardian

“[I]t is impossible not to enjoy this wry, wise, hilarious take on the relationship between men and women, and Tyler’s loving feminism untinged with bitterness.” —The Oldie

“Tyler is uniquely capable of handling a rebarbative character like Kate with generosity and imagination so that Kate’s frustration and panicky fear of a closed life become endearing to the reader. In Tyler’s hands, Pyotr is a delightful character, while she consistently finds good in unpromising people and is a sharp and very funny observer of day-to-day life.” —Literary Review

“The story is that of an eccentric rom-com—Shrew meets Green Card meets When Harry Met Sally—and I could see it becoming a film.” —The Times

“It’s clear that [Tyler] had fun with Vinegar Girl, and readers will too. . . . Vinegar Girl is a fizzy cocktail of a romantic comedy, far more sweet than acidic, about finding a mate who appreciates you for your idiosyncratic, principled self—no taming necessary.” —NPR Books