“Vinegar Girl” by Anne Taylor is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, now set in Baltimore’s genteel Roland Park. How to translate a story about an arranged marriage to the modern era? Easy! Widowed Dr Batista is about to lose is research assistant Pyotr, whose visa is about to expire. Dr Battista’s solution? Have Pytor marry his daughter Kate! Kate says not so fast. Tyler’s rendering of the tale is “nimble and effervescent” (Booklist). This is a fine shelf-mate to Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Eligible”, a modern take on Pride and Prejudice, last years The Lost Child by Caryl Phillps, a prequel to Wuthering Heights, and Will Thomas’ Cyrus Barker mysteries, a brilliant Holmes pastiche.
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