Vinegar Girl; Anne Tyler
Random House Audio - 2016
(Kirsten Potter - narrator - very good)
Anne Tyler's, Vinegar Girl is a retelling of sorts on Shakespeare's, Taming of the Shrew.
Kate Battista is a single, 29 year old preschool teacher's assistant in Baltimore. She loves her kids but, their parents have had heir share of complaints about Kate. Yes, she's quirky and a bit antisocial but, she's also not very satisfied with the trajectory of her life. Kate lives at home with eccentric father, Louis, a scientist and her ditzy 15 year old sister, Bunny. Her mom died shortly after Bunny was born and had suffered from mental illness prior to that. Kate's responsible for keeping the home running smoothly, which it does most of the time.
One day Kate's father makes an unusual request. Her father''s brilliant research assistant, Pyotr, is in the US on a 3 year visa which is about to expire, he comes up with a plan for Kate and Pyotr to marry so that his cutting edge autoimmune research project can continue, and Pyotr can remain in the US legally.
This is a relatively short audiobook, which was fun to listen to. The characters could have been a bit more developed. I felt Kate came across as somewhat acidic yet she failed to stick up for herself, allowing herself to often be taken advantage of. The father was eccentric, brilliant but just so self absorbed and selfish. Pyotr was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde oftentimes. Overall, although funny at times, this book was not up to the high standards I've come to expect on Anne Tyler's work, but still a fun summer read.
(audio download from publisher)