I read a review of Vinegar Girl that intrigued me enough to order it up from the library. Without that encouragement I would not have read it because it is a contemporary retelling of the Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew – which isn't one of my faves.
But this re-telling works on a stand alone basis. Anne Tyler is a very accomplished writer indeed. I also enjoyed her book Digging to America
This book was written as part of a project to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.