French Braid by Anne Tyler

French Braid by Anne Tyler

French Braid by Anne Tyler is a historical novel that digs deep into what makes families tick. This book has lots of drama and some interesting moments that are relatable and beautifully written, and as it spans 60 years, the story of the Garrett family is told from many different perspectives. While I enjoyed the family focus, the story’s slow pacing didn’t capture my attention as much as I had hoped, and I was left feeling disappointed. Continue reading

Review: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Review: Vinegar Girl by Anne TylerTitle: Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Series: Hogarth Shakespeare
Author: Anne Tyler
Also by this author: French Braid
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

Kate Battista feels 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 pre-school charges adore her, but their parents 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, all would be lost.

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 bring her around?

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Review: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler is perfect for fans of retellings. This whirlwind of a story is a very enjoyable take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The concept of Vinegar Girl is a very unique and modern version of the classic tale that gives the story a new outlook. Also, Kate, our protagonist is a witty and relatable character for today’s society. This is a reimagined version of a classic that really had me glued to its pages. Continue reading