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Happy Birthday, Billy Shakes: 5 modern-day retellings of Shakespeare’s plays

The play's the thing...the thing that inspired these novels, that is.

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Vinegar Girl: A Novel by Anne Tylor

First on our list is a winning combination of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and the classic (yet problematic) play The Taming of the Shrew. This retelling stars a scientist who, with the help of his lab assistant, is on the verge of a breakthrough. But said lab assistant is about to be deported…unless, perhaps, his daughter Kate would agree to marry him. The result is a fun, “fizzy cocktail of a romantic comedy, far more sweet than acidic, about finding a mate who appreciates you for your idiosyncratic, principled self — no taming necessary,” says NPR. 

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