|Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Obreht, the youngest of "The New Yorker''s" 20 best American fiction writers under 40, spins a timeless novel about a young doctor who confronts the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather''s recent death.|
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In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.
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Troubled by the mysterious circumstances surrounding her grandfather's death, Natalia revisits the stories he used to tell her when she was a child. A doctor on a humanitarian mission in Eastern Europe, Natalia struggles to balance her grief with the more curious puzzles of the war-torn town to which she has been assigned. Slipping between these layers of memory, mythology, and life at hand, THE TIGER'S WIFE is Yugoslavian émigré Tea Obreht's virtuosic first novel. Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Reviews as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011.
"Every word, every scene, every thought is blazingly alive in this many-faceted, spellbinding, and rending novel of death, succor, and remembrance." (starred review)
- Donna Seaman
"[A] brilliant, powerful debut novel...."
"Filled with astonishing immediacy and presence, fleshed out with detail that seems firsthand, THE TIGER'S WIFE is all the more remarkable for being the product not of observation but of imagination. For Obreht, the mind's witness is more than equal to the eye's. And her narrator, in retelling the experiences of her grandfather's generation, enfolds them into her own. As his vision joins her, old and new memories collide in vibrant collage that has no date, no dateline."
- Liesl Schillinger