Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday Intros -- Vinegar Girl


Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.

Last Friday, a gloriously sunny and breezy day, I found myself with two hours free between classes.
I decided to set off for the main library downtown. It was closed for more than a year and remodeled and I hadn't visited yet.
While there, I scooped up three books and have happily immersed myself in Vinegar Girl by Anne
Tyler.
Here's the intro:
Kate Battista was gardening out back when she heard the telephone ring in the kitchen. She straightened up and listened. Her sister was in the house, although she might not be awake yet. But then there was another ring, and two more after that, and when she finally heard her sister's voice it was only the announcement on the answering machine. "Hi-yee! It's us? We're not home, looks like? So leave a --"
By that time Kate was striding toward the back steps tossing her hair off her shoulders with an exasperated "Tech!" She wiped her hands on her jeans and yanked the screen door open. "Kate," her father was saying, "pick up."
This is apparently a modernized version of Taming of the Shrew. I'd say Kate is a bit "on the spectrum," not picking up emotional cues from others, like her father the scientist. I'm enjoying the book though.
Thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing what  you are reading.

6 comments:

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've enjoyed other books by this author, and this sounds like another good one. I'm adding it to my TBR list.
My Tuesday post features ARE YOU THERE, ERMA? IT’S ME, GAYLE.

JoAnn said...

I usually enjoy Tyler's novels, so I'd give this a try!

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like a good one. I don't think I've read anything by Tyler before, but I know I want to.

Margot said...

I've had Vinegar Girl on my list for a while. I like how it starts. Enjoy the book and your re-vamped library.

Mystica said...

Like the sound of this one.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I listened to the audio and thought it was ok (not her best but not bad).

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