The Tiger's Wife

The Tiger's Wife

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "The Wall Street Journal - O: The Oprah Magazine - The Economist - Vogue - "Slate" - Chicago Tribune - The Seattle Times - Dayton Daily News - Publishers Weekly - "Alan Cheuse, NPR's "All Things Considered"
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SELECTED ONE OF THE TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times - Entertainment Weekly - The Christian Science Monitor - The Kansas City Star - Library Journal"
Weaving 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. "From the Hardcover edition."
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  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 149.86 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0307877000
  • 9780307877000
  • 1,156,666

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Praise for "The Tiger's Wife"
"New York Times" - 5 Best books (fiction) of 2011
"New York Times" - Michiko's top 10 books of 2011
"New York Times" - 100 Notable Books of 2011
NPR / All Things Considered - Alan Cheuse's top 5 novels of 2011
"O, the Oprah Magazine" - 2011 Best Books
"Entertainment Weekly" - Top 10 books (Fiction) of 2011
"Esquire" - 2011 round-up
"The Economist" - 2011 Best of Books - 2011 Best of Books list - 2011 Best of Books list
"Christian Science Monitor" - Top 10 books (Fiction) of 2011
"Publishers Weekly "- Top 100 books of year
"Library Journal" - top 10 books of 2011
"Seattle Times" - 32 of the Year's Best Books
"Kansas City Star" - Top 10 Books of 2011
"Of the books I read this year by people I've never laid eyes on, the most peculiar and brilliant may have been "The Tiger's Wife," by Tea Obreht. Constructed from anecdote and fable, it is sometimes written in a kind of medical poetry, its main characters being doctors whose attention to the permeable line between life and death suits the tales of old and new Yugoslavia that Obreht wishes to tell." --Lorrie Moore, "New Yorker" online
"Stunning...Obreht writes with an angel's pen on this tiger's tale within the novel, and on myriad other matters, from birth, death and immortality, creating a skein of descriptive passages flush with brilliant detail and ringing with lyrical diction.", Alan Cheuse's Top 5 Fiction Picks of 2011
"Attention all book groups: "The Tiger's Wife" is an ideal book for discussion, and not only because of the handy reader's guide included, or because of the nifty conversation between Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan and Tea Obreht...A beguiling blend of realism, myth and legend, this novel possesses a presence and force, essential ingredients for a novel that is very much rooted in reality yet transcends time." --Elizabeth Taylor, "Chicago Tribune" E
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About Tea Obreht

Tea Obreht was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve. Her writing has been published in "The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's," and "The Guardian," and has been anthologized in "The Best American Short Stories" and "The Best American Nonrequired Reading." She has been named by" The New Yorker "as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation's list of 5 Under 35.
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