Téa Obreht “The Tiger’s Wife”
April 22nd, 2011
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.
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.
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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