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  • Published: 16 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448190171
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Vinegar Girl




No one does family like Anne Tyler - and the Battistas might be her most appealing yet…the new novel from the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread

The hilarious new novel from the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread

'A thoroughly modern love story' Guardian, Books of the Year


Kate Battista is stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and infuriating younger sister Bunny?

Dr Battista has other problems. His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, his new scientific breakthrough will fall through…

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. Will Kate be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round?

Anne Tyler’s brilliant retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as surprising as Kate herself.

  • Pub date: 16 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448190171
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the Author

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread and Vinegar Girl.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.

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Praise for Vinegar Girl

“It's knockabout comedy at its best, genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and, indeed, may be her funniest book to date”

John Harding, Daily Mail

“The worst wedding in history ... vintage Anne Tyler”

Ann Treneman, The Times

“It's every subtle shade of funny, heart-breaking and ultimately life-affirming”

Grazia

“Funny, thought-provoking, essential”

The Sunday Telegraph (Stella)

“Delightful, ingenious and convincing… Anyone who values good writing and the intelligent observation and depiction of how people feel, think and speak will enjoy it too”

Allan Massie, Scotsman

“There is much of Tyler's trademark wit and sharp observation here. She shifts effortlessly from humour to pathos and creates emotion without any hint of sentimentality ... Funny and poignant”

Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express

“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, New York Times Book Review

“Tyler’s signature skill as a novelist is portraying her characters and her setting with such precise and amusing detail … that pretty soon the reader is drawn in, willy-nilly. We know where this is heading, yet she does a great job putting up the roadblocks and incorporating the surprising curves… 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, New York Times Book Review

“Tyler's deepest purpose is to challenge the premisses of Shakspeare's comedy... Her gentle, funny novel insists that it is possible, in spite of our customarily blind perversities, to find unexpected ways of breaking free from self-destruction”

Dinah Birch, Times Literary Supplement

“This sparky, intelligent spin on Shakespeare's controversial classic demolishes the old saw that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar”

Elizabeth Lowry, The Guardian

“Family drama meets rom-com in a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew. Pushy dad plus entitled little sister, cute but clueless suitor, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author equals must-read”

Cosmopolitan

“The terrifically talented author is the latest to tackle Shakespeare for the Hogarth series ... In her modern take on The Taming of the Shrew, Kate is a university drop-out whose scientist dad is pushing her to marry his lab assistant so he can stay in the country. But will this bright, independent woman sacrifice herself? Like the original, the heroine is pleasingly acerbic and her happy ending is anything but conventional”

Good Housekeeping

“Fabulous... Tyler has fun exploring how far a modern woman would go for the sake of daughterly duty”

Saga Magazine

“A reflective, engaging twist on Shakespeare’s unfashionable play”

Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express

“[A] screwball comedy of manners that actually channels Jane Austen more than Shakespeare. It's clear that [Tyler] had fun with Vinegar Girl, and readers will too… 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.org

“Beautiful, off-beat love story…I became enraptured by their seemingly little lives. It’s every subtle shade of funny, heart-breaking and ultimately life-affirming… Gentle, heart-warming tale”

Lisa Howard, Emily Phillips, Jenny Croall, Grazia

“Vinegar Girl is an absorbing read from the very first page, where the characters immediately come to life”

Daisy Watt

“Hilarious contemporary take on the play.”

Frankie McCoy, Evening Standard

“Enjoy this wry, wise, hilarious take on the relations between men and women, and Tyler’s loving feminism untinged with bitterness”

Jane O’Grady, The Oldie

“Fun, accomplished, readable, enjoyable”

Viv Groskop, The Guardian

“A fascinating take on humanity, with plenty of amusing, unexpected twists in the tale that only a brilliant writer such as Anne Tyler can achieve”

Candis

“We love Anne Tyler and this book is as brilliant as you’d expect. Perfect for a long journey – you won’t look up from it.”

A Little Bird

“Tyler is uniquely capable of handling a rebarbative character like Kate with generosity and imagination ... she consistently finds good in unpromising people and is a sharp and very funny observer of day-to-day life. [...] A joy”

Elspeth Barker, Literary Review

“Gripping. This is typical Tyler territory. It is a domestic drama, with eccentric characters, which is deeper than it first appears. I loved it”

Ann Smout, Nudge

“Takes Shakespeare’s comedy…into contemporary life with compelling effect.”

Country & Town House

“An enjoyable read and it’s always a pleasure to read her writing.”

Woman's Way

“A sweet love story… The conversations are the best bits.”

Claire Harman, Evening Standard

“Excellent”

Glamour

“Tyler’s talents are lavish, and the novel has plenty of incidental pleasures.”

James Walton, Daily Telegraph

“Everyone from Margaret Atwood to Howard Jacobson is reimagining Shakespeare in fiction this year. Tyler’s take on The Taming of the Shrew looks to be the highlight”

Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times

“A joy to experience.”

Elspeth Barker, Literary Review

“A new Anne Tyler book is always a treat. The terrifically talented author is the latest to tackle Shakespeare…and our favourite so far.”

Good Housekeeping

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

Rachel Joyce

“With her sharp eye for family dynamics and telling domestic detail, Pultizer winning Tyler is the perfect match for The Taming of the Shrew… With Tyler’s typical warmth and humour, and her knack for creating endearingly quirky characters, the result is believable, moving and entertaining.”

Lady

“A sprightly reprise of [The Taming of the Shrew].”

Eithne Farry, Simple Things, Book of the Year

“A sprightly reprise of [The Taming of the Shrew].”

Eithne Farry, Simple Things, Book of the Year

“Entertaining and Unpredictable.”

Irish Mail on Sunday, Book of the Year

“A sweetly rendered, thoroughly modern love story.”

Guardian, Book of the Year

“Acutely observed and warmly entertaining.”

William Leith, Evening Standard

“Warmly entertaining”

i

“A bittersweet comedy with some stinging contemporary resonance… Acutely observed and quirkily humorous… light but intelligent.”

Juanita Coulson, Lady

“With Tyler’s typical warmth and humour, and her knack for creating endearingly quirky characters, the result is believable, moving and entertaining.”

The Lady


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