When The New Yorker ran an excerpt of The Tigerrsquo;s Wife in its 2009 Fiction issue, it was clear an astonishing new talent had arrived in the world of contemporary fiction.The time: the present. The place: a Balkan country ravaged by years of conflict. Natalia, a young doctor, is on a mission of mercy to an orphanage when she receives word of her beloved grandfatherrsquo;s death far from their home under circumstances shrouded in confusion. Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man, who go on such a farfetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tigerrsquo;s wife.An involving mystery, an emotionally riveting family story, and a wondrous evocation of an unfamiliar world, The Tigerrsquo;s Wife is a brilliant novel.
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.
- Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Family / Orphans + Foster Homes, Literary, Politics, Family + Friendship, General, Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior, Types of Characters, War + Military, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Random House, Inc.
- March 8, 2011
- March 8, 2011
- Tea Obreht