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'You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that.'

Kate Battista is feeling 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 preschool charges adore her, but the adults 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...

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 win her round?

Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as individual, offbeat and funny as Kate herself.

©2016 Anne Tyler (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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This is my first book by Anne Tyler. It was a nice and enjoyable story so far.
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  • Maya H Saric
  • 09-07-2019

not enough

Well written and beautiful read. But a ludicrous story going nowhere with a forced destination. I saw a performance of the Taming of the Shrew 20 years ago so only had a sense of the story but remember it to be a comedy and great fun but with a strong moral This had a very small amount of humour, not enough to compensate for the long boring detail of conversations that did not add to the plot. Kate is not a strong independent woman. She is recluse with no power in her life who guards her feelings (which she never examines or resolves) with bluntness.

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