Téa Obreht “The Tiger’s Wife”

April 22nd, 2011

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A man who cannot die. A deaf-mute woman who befriends an escaped zoo tiger. A family desperate to find the bones they believe will lift a curse. Téa Obreht peoples her impressive debut novel “The Tiger’s Wife” with timeless characters, in a setting that closely resembles the Croatia of her birth.

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Protagonist Natalia Stefanovi, a doctor, is also searching for something. She needs to find out what happened to her grandfather — himself a doctor — who died under mysterious circumstances in a place where no one expected to find him. Looking for answers leads Natalia to relive blissful memories of her grandfather and what he left her.

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This acclaimed first novel may be all the more remarkable, given that Téa Obreht is only in her mid 20s, the youngest of the New Yorker’s 20-under-40.

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