Vinegar Girl

imgres-2.jpgReading this new novel by Anne Tyler I couldn’t help but hum those memorable Neil Young lyrics

I could be happy
the rest of my life
With a vinegar girl.

It’s not really The Taming of the Shrew (or even 10 Things I Hate About You) but it does have a similar vibe. Here the scientist father needs to assure the continuing services of a Slavic lab assistant nearing the end of his visa work permit. Perhaps the scientist’s older, somewhat rebellious daughter would marry the guy until the residency requirements are met. Wacky, huh?

Actually Anne Tyler writes a smooth narrative that is engaging and entertaining, but not terribly deep or thought-provoking.

Vinegar Girl comes from the old adage, “You can catch more flies with cinnamon than you can with vinegar.”