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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (21 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451483944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451483942
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,471,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"New York Times" Bestseller
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"
[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
"[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 in the way Iris Murdoch s 'The Black Prince' responds to 'Hamlet' and Aldous Huxley s 'Brave New World' plays with 'The Tempest.' Tyler succeeds in creating a world we believe in...Charming...Clever"--"Boston Globe"
"A perfect read." "New York Post"
Vinegar Girl is a fast, easy read Held side-by-side against Shakespeare's Shrew, the story of Kate and Pyotr is full of hidden treasures. "Houston Chronicle"
" Vinegar Girl" has the requisite Tyler trademarks the characters populating Vinegar Girl are flawed, quirky, likable, self-indulgent and astute. "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
Is there any living American writer who has written as well about marriage as Anne Tyler? Or who has consistently been as honest about the disconnect between fantasies of lovebirds living happily ever after and the often sad but also funny miracle of two separate people actually staying together? In"Vinegar Girl"Tyler brings these talents to the altar of the Hogarth Shakespeare series it's fun, lighthearted, clever, compassionate and filled with Tyler's always extraordinary love for her characters, liberating them here to love each other. --"MilwaukeeJournal-Sentinel"
[A] great success;Vinegar Girlis funny and endearing, the quirky characters vintage Tyler. --"MinneapolisStar Tribune"
A very funny retelling of Shakespeare s The Taming of the Shrew. "The Sacramento Bee"
"Family drama meets rom-com in a modern version ofThe Taming of the Shrew. Pushy dad plus entitled little sister, cute but clueless suitor, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author equals must-read."--"Cosmopolitan"
"A quirky tale that transports Shakespeare's"The Taming of the Shrew"to Tyler's modern-day Baltimore, where a father's attempt to shoehorn his daughter into a green-card marriage has, of course, an unintentionally happy ending."--"W Magazine"
Tyler s smooth prose makesVinegar Girl, one of a series of renowned authors Shakespearean updates, a light, summer read. "Baltimore Magazine"
Readers unfamiliar withThe Taming of the Shrewwill have no problem enjoying this novel, which is funny, fun-loving and uplifting. Those who know the original well will be intrigued by Tyler's riffs: Is the new Kate less shrewish, or simply better characterized, her motives and anxieties better understood? In either case, the surprising ending, which deviates from Shakespeare's in important ways, makes for a heartwarming conclusion to a quirky, timeless tale. Shelf Awareness
"The Taming of the Shrew"meetsGreen Cardin this delightful reinvention that owes as much to Tyler s quirky sensibilities as it does to its literary forebear. Come for the Shakespeare, stay for the wonderful Tyler. Library Journal (starred review)
Resplendent storyteller Tyler ("A Spool of Blue Thread, " 2015) is perfectly paired withThe 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)
Anne Tyler s "Vinegar Girl," based on "The Taming of the Shrew," gives readers a modern, witty, wonderful Kate. Lithub.com
International Praise for VINEGAR GIRL:
This sparky, intelligent spin on Shakespeare's controversial classic demolishes the old saw that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. --"The Guardian"
[A] modern take on "The Taming of the Shrew." - "Good Housekeeping
"
" "Tyler's deepest purpose is to challenge the premises 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. --"Times Literary Supplement
"
[Vinegar Girl is] knockabout comedy at its best, genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and, indeed, may be [Tyler s] funniest book to date. --"Daily Mail"
Funny, thought-provoking, essential. - "The Sunday Telegraph
"
[A] hilarious contemporary take on the play. - Frankie McCoy, "Evening Standard
"
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. --"Literary Review
"
Excellent. -- "Glamour"
A reflective, engaging twist on Shakespeare s unfashionable play. -- "Daily Express"

More Praise for Anne Tyler and Her Work:
"Everyone loves Anne Tyler."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place. "Newsday"
Tyler s characters are thoroughly three-dimensional. They are our own families; they are ourselves; and it is our own desperate desire to understand the people we love, as well as the people who hurt us and whom we hurt, that keeps us reading with fervor. "The Boston Globe"
"You are involved before you even notice you were paying attention . . . Her feel for character is so keen that even hardened metafictionalists [who] would happily fry the whole notion of 'character' for breakfast are reduced to the role of helpless gossips, swapping avid hunches about the possible fates of the characters."-Tom Shone, "The New Yorker"
"Tyler's eye and ear for familial give and take is unerring, her humanity irresistible. You'll want to turn back to the first chapter the moment you finish the last."--"People"
"[A] novel by Anne Tyler is cause for celebration."--Caroline Moore, "The Sunday Telegraph"
"Tyler reveals, with unobtrusive mastery, the disconcerting patchwork of comedy and pathos that marks all our lives."--Michael Dirda, "Wall Street Journal"
"Over five decades of exuberant shape-shifting across the fictional landscape, Anne Tyler has cut the steady swath of a literary stalwart, writing novel after novel whose most memorable characters inhabit a cosmos all their own."--Julia Glass, "New York Times Book Review"
"Anne Tyler never disappoints . . . Her insights about life, love, aging, marriage, siblings, grief, and unexpected happiness grow richer and deeper with each passing year and book."--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"Anne Tyler has no peer. Her books just keep getting better and better."--Anita Shreve
"The wonder of Anne Tyler is how consistently clear-eyed and truthful she remains about the nature of families and especially marriage." --"Los Angeles Times""

"New York Times" Bestseller
Shakespeare... would be pleased, I am sure... 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"
[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
"[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 in the way Iris Murdoch s 'The Black Prince' responds to 'Hamlet' and Aldous Huxley s 'Brave New World' plays with 'The Tempest.' Tyler succeeds in creating a world we believe in...Charming...Clever." --"Boston Globe"
"A perfect read." "New York Post"
Vinegar Girl is a fast, easy read Held side-by-side against Shakespeare's Shrew, the story of Kate and Pyotr is full of hidden treasures. "Houston Chronicle"
" Vinegar Girl" has the requisite Tyler trademarks the characters populating Vinegar Girl are flawed, quirky, likable, self-indulgent and astute. "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
Is there any living American writer who has written as well about marriage as Anne Tyler? Or who has consistently been as honest about the disconnect between fantasies of lovebirds living happily ever after and the often sad but also funny miracle of two separate people actually staying together? In"Vinegar Girl"Tyler brings these talents to the altar of the Hogarth Shakespeare series it's fun, lighthearted, clever, compassionate and filled with Tyler's always extraordinary love for her characters, liberating them here to love each other. --"MilwaukeeJournal-Sentinel"
[A] great success;Vinegar Girlis funny and endearing, the quirky characters vintage Tyler. --"MinneapolisStar Tribune"
A very funny retelling of Shakespeare s The Taming of the Shrew. "The Sacramento Bee"
"Family drama meets rom-com in a modern version ofThe Taming of the Shrew. Pushy dad plus entitled little sister, cute but clueless suitor, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author equals must-read."--"Cosmopolitan"
"A quirky tale that transports Shakespeare's"The Taming of the Shrew"to Tyler's modern-day Baltimore, where a father's attempt to shoehorn his daughter into a green-card marriage has, of course, an unintentionally happy ending."--"W Magazine"
Tyler s smooth prose makesVinegar Girl, one of a series of renowned authors Shakespearean updates, a light, summer read. "Baltimore Magazine"
Readers unfamiliar withThe Taming of the Shrewwill have no problem enjoying this novel, which is funny, fun-loving and uplifting. Those who know the original well will be intrigued by Tyler's riffs: Is the new Kate less shrewish, or simply better characterized, her motives and anxieties better understood? In either case, the surprising ending, which deviates from Shakespeare's in important ways, makes for a heartwarming conclusion to a quirky, timeless tale. Shelf Awareness
"The Taming of the Shrew"meetsGreen Cardin this delightful reinvention that owes as much to Tyler s quirky sensibilities as it does to its literary forebear. Come for the Shakespeare, stay for the wonderful Tyler. Library Journal (starred review)
Resplendent storyteller Tyler ("A Spool of Blue Thread, " 2015) is perfectly paired withThe 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)
Anne Tyler s "Vinegar Girl," based on "The Taming of the Shrew," gives readers a modern, witty, wonderful Kate. Lithub.com
International Praise for VINEGAR GIRL:
This sparky, intelligent spin on Shakespeare's controversial classic demolishes the old saw that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. --"The Guardian"
[A] modern take on "The Taming of the Shrew." - "Good Housekeeping
"
" "Tyler's deepest purpose is to challenge the premises 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. --"Times Literary Supplement
"
[Vinegar Girl is] knockabout comedy at its best, genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and, indeed, may be [Tyler s] funniest book to date. --"Daily Mail"
Funny, thought-provoking, essential. - "The Sunday Telegraph
"
[A] hilarious contemporary take on the play. - Frankie McCoy, "Evening Standard
"
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. --"Literary Review
"
Excellent. -- "Glamour"
A reflective, engaging twist on Shakespeare s unfashionable play. -- "Daily Express"

More Praise for Anne Tyler and Her Work:
"Everyone loves Anne Tyler."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place. "Newsday"
Tyler s characters are thoroughly three-dimensional. They are our own families; they are ourselves; and it is our own desperate desire to understand the people we love, as well as the people who hurt us and whom we hurt, that keeps us reading with fervor. "The Boston Globe"
"You are involved before you even notice you were paying attention . . . Her feel for character is so keen that even hardened metafictionalists [who] would happily fry the whole notion of 'character' for breakfast are reduced to the role of helpless gossips, swapping avid hunches about the possible fates of the characters."-Tom Shone, "The New Yorker"
"Tyler's eye and ear for familial give and take is unerring, her humanity irresistible. You'll want to turn back to the first chapter the moment you finish the last."--"People"
"[A] novel by Anne Tyler is cause for celebration."--Caroline Moore, "The Sunday Telegraph"
"Tyler reveals, with unobtrusive mastery, the disconcerting patchwork of comedy and pathos that marks all our lives."--Michael Dirda, "Wall Street Journal"
"Over five decades of exuberant shape-shifting across the fictional landscape, Anne Tyler has cut the steady swath of a literary stalwart, writing novel after novel whose most memorable characters inhabit a cosmos all their own."--Julia Glass, "New York Times Book Review"
"Anne Tyler never disappoints . . . Her insights about life, love, aging, marriage, siblings, grief, and unexpected happiness grow richer and deeper with each passing year and book."--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"Anne Tyler has no peer. Her books just keep getting better and better."--Anita Shreve
"The wonder of Anne Tyler is how consistently clear-eyed and truthful she remains about the nature of families and especially marriage." --"Los Angeles Times""

New York Times Bestseller
Shakespeare... would be pleased, I am sure... 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
[A] screwball comedy of manners that actually channels Jane Austen more than Shakespeare.It's clear that [Tyler] had fun withVinegar 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
"[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 in the way Iris Murdoch s 'The Black Prince' responds to 'Hamlet' and Aldous Huxley s 'Brave New World' plays with 'The Tempest.' Tyler succeeds in creating a world we believe in...Charming...Clever." --Boston Globe
"A perfect read." New York Post
Vinegar Girl is a fast, easy read Held side-by-side against Shakespeare's Shrew, the story of Kate and Pyotr is full of hidden treasures. Houston Chronicle
Vinegar Girl has the requisite Tyler trademarks the characters populating Vinegar Girl are flawed, quirky, likable, self-indulgent and astute. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Is there any living American writer who has written as well about marriage as Anne Tyler? Or who has consistently been as honest about the disconnect between fantasies of lovebirds living happily ever after and the often sad but also funny miracle of two separate people actually staying together? InVinegar GirlTyler brings these talents to the altar of the Hogarth Shakespeare series it's fun, lighthearted, clever, compassionate and filled with Tyler's always extraordinary love for her characters, liberating them here to love each other. --MilwaukeeJournal-Sentinel
[A] great success;Vinegar Girlis funny and endearing, the quirky characters vintage Tyler. --MinneapolisStar Tribune
A very funny retelling of Shakespeare s The Taming of the Shrew. The Sacramento Bee
"Family drama meets rom-com in a modern version ofThe Taming of the Shrew. Pushy dad plus entitled little sister, cute but clueless suitor, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author equals must-read."--Cosmopolitan
"A quirky tale that transports Shakespeare'sThe Taming of the Shrewto Tyler's modern-day Baltimore, where a father's attempt to shoehorn his daughter into a green-card marriage has, of course, an unintentionally happy ending."--W Magazine
Tyler s smooth prose makesVinegar Girl, one of a series of renowned authors Shakespearean updates, a light, summer read. Baltimore Magazine
Readers unfamiliar withThe Taming of the Shrewwill have no problem enjoying this novel, which is funny, fun-loving and uplifting. Those who know the original well will be intrigued by Tyler's riffs: Is the new Kate less shrewish, or simply better characterized, her motives and anxieties better understood? In either case, the surprising ending, which deviates from Shakespeare's in important ways, makes for a heartwarming conclusion to a quirky, timeless tale. Shelf Awareness
The Taming of the ShrewmeetsGreen Cardin this delightful reinvention that owes as much to Tyler s quirky sensibilities as it does to its literary forebear. Come for the Shakespeare, stay for the wonderful Tyler. Library Journal (starred review)
Resplendent storyteller Tyler (A Spool of Blue Thread, 2015) is perfectly paired withThe 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)
Anne Tyler s Vinegar Girl, based on The Taming of the Shrew, gives readers a modern, witty, wonderful Kate. Lithub.com
International Praise for VINEGAR GIRL:

This sparky, intelligent spin on Shakespeare's controversial classic demolishes the old saw that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. --The Guardian
[A] modern take on The Taming of the Shrew. - Good Housekeeping

Tyler's deepest purpose is to challenge the premises 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. --Times Literary Supplement

[Vinegar Girl is] knockabout comedy at its best, genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and, indeed, may be [Tyler s] funniest book to date. --Daily Mail
Funny, thought-provoking, essential. - The Sunday Telegraph

[A] hilarious contemporary take on the play. - Frankie McCoy, Evening Standard

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. --Literary Review

Excellent. -- Glamour
A reflective, engaging twist on Shakespeare s unfashionable play. -- Daily Express

More Praise for Anne Tyler and Her Work:
"Everyone loves Anne Tyler."--San Francisco Chronicle
Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place. Newsday
Tyler s characters are thoroughly three-dimensional. They are our own families; they are ourselves; and it is our own desperate desire to understand the people we love, as well as the people who hurt us and whom we hurt, that keeps us reading with fervor. The Boston Globe
"You are involved before you even notice you were paying attention . . . Her feel for character is so keen that even hardened metafictionalists [who] would happily fry the whole notion of 'character' for breakfast are reduced to the role of helpless gossips, swapping avid hunches about the possible fates of the characters."-Tom Shone, The New Yorker
"Tyler's eye and ear for familial give and take is unerring, her humanity irresistible. You'll want to turn back to the first chapter the moment you finish the last."--People
"[A] novel by Anne Tyler is cause for celebration."--Caroline Moore, The Sunday Telegraph
"Tyler reveals, with unobtrusive mastery, the disconcerting patchwork of comedy and pathos that marks all our lives."--Michael Dirda, Wall Street Journal
"Over five decades of exuberant shape-shifting across the fictional landscape, Anne Tyler has cut the steady swath of a literary stalwart, writing novel after novel whose most memorable characters inhabit a cosmos all their own."--Julia Glass, New York Times Book Review
"Anne Tyler never disappoints . . . Her insights about life, love, aging, marriage, siblings, grief, and unexpected happiness grow richer and deeper with each passing year and book."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Anne Tyler has no peer. Her books just keep getting better and better."--Anita Shreve
"The wonder of Anne Tyler is how consistently clear-eyed and truthful she remains about the nature of families and especially marriage." --Los Angeles Times" --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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No one does family like Anne Tyler does family. Are the Battistas her most appealing yet? --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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Format: Hardcover
‘Vinegar Girl’ is a retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. For me this book was already fighting a losing battle by being based on a play that I hate but I hoped Tyler would modernise and improve it. Kate Battista is stuck, working at a pre-school whilst not liking children and running the family home to her father’s specific demands whilst her sister Bunny can have fun. Then her father comes up with a plan for his assistant Pyotr to get a green card. Will Kate go through with it?

The book started well and at first I was captured by the book however this did not hold my attention for long and I was soon bored with it. This is a very short book which did make for quick reading however it also meant there was little character and plot development and everything felt rushed.

Tyler has improved Kate’s character a bit, she is more independent and feisty however nowhere near enough for me to like. Pyotr is more likeable in ‘Vinegar Girl’ which did make a nice change however he still has a strong arrogance to him. I did think the epilogue was perhaps the saving grace of the book and allowed the plot to be seen in a different light. Whilst this has certainly been modernised it sadly has not been improved.
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I really don't understand why so many reviewers are lukewarm about this book. Yes I felt the author's constraints at having to write to someone else's plot at times but overall I think she handles it beautifully. One of the things I love most about Anne Tyler is her wry and sensitive understanding of her male characters and this is much in evidence here. Kate is quite a complex woman with some issues which are explored with the author's usual deft skill. And this novel is funny! Crossing my fingers that this isn't her last novel - the world will be a duller place without a new Anne Tyler novel to look forward to.
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It is hard to explain why I, a lover of Anne Tyler's books - she is my favourite author - should be underwhelmed by this novel. I do not know The Taming of the Shrew, but a quick read of the synopsis suggests this modernisation falls short in that respect too. The Pyotr and Pyoder joke was made too many times and the rest was not quite funny enough. This is part of a Shakespeare series. Perhaps the other writers have fared better with their choice of Shakespeare plays.
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I was so excited by this book when I was invited to review it! Anne Tyler and Shakespeare? Count me in! I read Tyler's 'A Spool of Blue Thread' last year as part of the Man Booker's shortlist, and vowed to read more of her work. Obviously, my reading pile is massive and I haven't got round to it yet... There are too many books in the world. Even if I read for every moment of the time that I wasn't asleep for my entire life, I wouldn't be able to read every book written in English. Does this bother anyone else, or is it just me?

Anyway, as I started 'Vinegar Girl' I found it just wasn't giving me the same 'zing' that 'A Spool...' gave me. I started thinking harder about the premise, and realised I was wrong thinking this would be my ideal book: (a) it's a comic novel, whereas what I liked about Tyler's other work is the depth of characterisation and the flowing prose, and (b) I hate 'The Taming of the Shrew' (the Shakespeare it's based on).

Given these two basic problems, the book was okay. It was well written, but it wasn't stunning. As I said, it's the depth that was lacking. And, although Tyler changed the story, I still really don't like it.

Overall, disappointing, but if I'd really thought about it my hopes would not have been set so high.
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Vinegar Girl, The Taming of the Shrew Retold, (Hogarth Shakespeare), Anne Tyler

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Genre:  Literary Fiction
 
I remember reading some Shakespeare plays at school – but that's a long time ago....and of course with Him Indoors being a TV and Film fanatic I’ve seen bits of McClintock many, many times. I’m usually reading but it kind of seeps into you after the 4th or 5th time...a kind of TV by Osmosis practice!

Anne Tyler is an author whose works I’ve never read either, so I went in to this blind, not really knowing what to expect. How would a Pulitzer Prize winning author take on Shakespeare? Actually this  whole Hogarth series sounds intriguing, different authors retelling different plays.

Its a slow starting novel, Waspish Kate looking after her family, working at a job which I don’t really feel she loves, or even really likes, it's just one that's a way of passing time, earning money to her. She ruins the home according to her scientist fathers strange rules, everything worked out for optimum efficiency – the meat mash – eurghh – sounds awful. There’s no real joy in her life, younger sister Bunny has fun but for Kate this just feels like a hamster wheel day-after-day with nothing changing. Then her father drops his bombshell plan!

It was an interesting read, but for me just too slow, too bland and not really an engaging one. I kept reading as I wanted to see how Anne would make things work, but I can’t say I was gripped, didn’t have that must keep reading feel for me.
Its well written, and is an easy book to read but I was left feeling a bit empty by it, as though I really wanted something more to happen, more emotion, more angst, more anything but the eternal plodding life poor Kate lead.
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