Anne Tyler
Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

Shakespeare's comedy <em>The Taming of the Shrew</em> has been adapted for everything from film to opera to ballet to musical theater. <em>Kiss Me, Kate</em> and the 90s high school movie <em>10 Things I Hate About You</em> are based on the play. Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler brings a witty contemporary retelling for the Hogarth Shakespeare series. NPR calls this a "screwball of manners, more sweet than acidic, that actually channels Jane Austen more than Shakespeare."

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Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

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From the publisher: "Unfolding over the course of a single emotionally fraught day, this stunning novel encompasses a lifetime of dreams, regrets and reckonings. Maggie and Ira Moran are on a road trip from Baltimore, Maryland to Deer Lick, Pennsylvania to attend the funeral of a friend. Along the way, they reflect on the state of their marriage, its trials and its triumphs—through their quarrels, their routines, and their ability to tolerate each other's faults with patience and affection. Where Maggie is quirky, lovable and mischievous, Ira is practical, methodical and mired in reason. What begins as a day trip becomes a revelatory and unexpected journey,. Regarded by many as Tyler’s seminal work, Breathing Lessons evokes Jane Austen, Emma Straub, and other masters of the literary marriage."

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Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant

Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant

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Anissa Davis raved about Anne Tyler on episode 38 of WSIRN, having read everything Tyler has written, saying that her books are entertaining, but also with a layer of depth. She envelopes what daily life is like - with all the joys, ups and downs, and humor - and is very good at bringing her characters to life.

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The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

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Tyler is a prolific, Pulitzer-winning author; <em>The New York Times</em> calls this one of her best. I've been reading to read Anne Tyler for <em>years</em>, and when podcast guest Rebecca Smith (Jane Austen's 5x great niece) said she thought Tyler should be recommended reading for Jane Austen fans, I finally took the plunge. This was a favorite on <a href="https://modernmrsdarcy.com/38-episode/" target="_blank" >a recent What Should I Read Next? episode</a>. This was an enjoyable read that wasn't anything like I expected, and was relatable in surprising ways.

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Clock Dance

Clock Dance

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From the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Accidental Tourist, a family drama about the quiet joys of making a life with the people you love—whether they’re family or not. Willa is a 61-year-old woman whose track record with men isn’t great, as we see through scenes set when she’s 11, 21, 41, and finally 61. They patronize her and expect to be waited on, while Willa doesn’t stand up for what she wants. Willa doesn’t even know what she wants. But then one day the phone rings, with news that her son’s ex-girlfriend Denise has been shot in Baltimore, and Denise’s daughter—presumably Willa’s granddaughter—needs someone to look after her. It’s a misunderstanding—these people are strangers to Willa—but she travels to Baltimore to lend a hand. Willa settles in to the rhythms of the family’s life, finding herself appreciated for herself for the first time. I enjoyed this quiet novel with characters you can root for (and root against, depending).

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