You don’t have to have any knowledge of the original Shakespeare play to enjoy this book. I instantly fell in love with Kate Battista, the heroine in her late twenties who’s constantly putting her foot in it at work, and stuck in a rut at home, having to keep house for her workaholic scientist father and boy mad younger sister.
When her father’s handsome research assistant is in danger of being deported, Dr Battista hatches a plan to enable Pyotr to stay in the country. The plan just requires a little self-sacrifice and cooperation from his daughter Kate.
Naturally, Kate won’t have a bar of it, and the fun begins. Pyotr’s clumsy wooing leaves a lot to be desired. Will Kate submit to a marriage of convenience? Will they manage to fool the Immigration Department?
Kate and her eccentric family are delightfully charming. You may even want to read the Shakespeare play that the book’s based on well before you finish Anne Tyler’s excellent reimagining of the story.
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