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The Tiger's Wife

Paperback edition released 20/02/2012

by Tea Obreht

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February 2012 Book of the Month.


Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011.



A Special Edition of The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht to celebrate Orion's 20th anniversary.

A tiger escapes from a zoo during a Nazi bombing raid on a village in the balkans in 1941. His nocturnal visits hold the inhabitants of a local village in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic. This is the beginning of a story about that boy's granddaughter, now a Doctor. She receives word of her beloved grandfather's death in circumstances shrouded in mystery. She realises he may have died searching for 'the deathless man', a vagabond who was said to be immortal. Struggling to understand why a man of science would undertake such a quest, she stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.




The Tiger's Wife Synopsis

'Having sifted through everything I have heard about the tiger and his wife, I can tell you that this much is fact: in April of 1941, without declaration or warning, the German bombs started falling over the city and did not stop for three days. The tiger did not know that they were bombs...' A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic - Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book. Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages after another war has devastated the Balkans. On this journey, she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781780221922
Publication date: 20th February 2012
Author: Tea Obreht
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction

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Tea Obreht Press Reviews

Below are some of the wonderful reviews for The Tiger's Wife. Click here to read more.

'Tea Obreht is the most thrilling literary discovery in years.'
Colum McCann

'The Tiger's Wife is a marvel of beauty and imagination. Tea Obreht is a tremendously talented writer.'
Ann Patchett

'A novel of surpassing beauty, exquisitely wrought and magical. Tea Obreht is a towering new talent.' T.C. Boyle

'This is a distinguished work by almost any standard, and a genuinely exciting debut... Obreht has a vibrant, rangy, full-bodied prose style, which moves expertly between realistic and mythic modes of storytelling, conjuring brilliant images on every page... a delightful work, as enchanting as it is surprising, and Obreht is a compelling new voice.

'the myth-infused tale of a young doctor in a war-ravaged Balkan country trying to find the truth about her grandfather's death. Obreht's novel is that rarity: a debut that arrives fully formed, super smart but wearing its learning lightly. Above all The Tiger's Wife bristles with confidence.'

'Beautifully executed, haunting and lyrical, The Tiger's Wife is an ambitious novel that succeeds on all counts. It's a book you will want to read again and again.'

'The Tiger's Wife has been touted as one of 2011's outstanding debuts and it deserves its reputation...Weaving together fantastical tales and folklore with realism about coming to terms with loss and grief, it is also a book about the secrets people keep. This layering of stories creates a book rich in textures. Combining a mystery narrative, a family narrative and a book about the worlds of the imagination, Tea Obreht's novel is one that allows the reader to get lost in them.'

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About Tea Obreht

Tea Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, emigrating to the US in 1997. She was the youngest author on The New Yorker's Top 20 Writers under 40 List, and one of the youngest authors ever to be extracted in the magazine. Her short story, 'The Laugh', debuted in The Atlantic Fiction Issue and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010, while her short story, 'The Sentry' appeared in the Guardian Summer Fiction Issue alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell. She lives in New York.

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