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    The Tiger's Wife (Hardback) By (author) Tea Obreht, By (author) Taea Obreht

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    DescriptionWeaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Tea Obreht, the youngest of "The New Yorker"'s twenty best American fiction writers under forty, has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant, original authors of her generation.In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zora begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel. Grief struck and searching for clues to her grandfather's final state of mind, she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child. On their weeklytrips to the zoo he would read to her from a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book, "which he carried with him everywhere; later, he told her stories of his own encounters over many years with "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal and appeared never to age. But the most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her, the one Natalia must discover for herself. One winter during the Second World War, his childhood village was snowbound, cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another, fierce presence: a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness. "These stories," Natalia comes to understand, "run like secret rivers through all the other stories" of her grandfather's life. And it is ultimately within these rich, luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for.


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    Title
    The Tiger's Wife
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tea Obreht, By (author) Taea Obreht
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 525
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 816 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781410439383
    ISBN 10: 1410439380
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    B&T Approval Code: P26900000
    B&T Merchandise Category: LP
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BALKAN
    B&T Approval Code: A26785000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: PS3615.B73 T54 2011B
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC037000
    Thema V1.0: FB
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition
    Large type / large print
    Edition statement
    large type edition
    Publisher
    Wheeler Publishing
    Imprint name
    Wheeler Publishing
    Publication date
    24 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Waterville, ME
    Review quote
    Advance praise for "The Tiger's Wife" "[A] brilliant debut...[Tea] Obreht is an expert at depicting history through aftermath, people through the love they inspire, and place through the stories that endure; the reflected world she creates is both immediately recognizable and a legend in its own right. Obreht is talented far beyond her years, and her unsentimental faith in language, dream, and memory is a pleasure." - "Publishers Weekly," starred review "Not even Obreht's place on "The New Yorker"'s current "20 Under 40" list of exceptional writers will prepare readers for the transporting richness and surprise of this gripping novel of legends and loss...[Contains] moments of breathtaking magic, wildness and beauty...Every word, every scene, every thought is blazingly alive in this many-faceted, spellbinding, and rending novel of death, succor, and remembrance." - "Booklist," starred review "Dizzyingly nuanced yet crisp, [and] muscularly written