The award-winning, awe-inspiring debut novel by Tea Obreht.
WINNER OF THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION
'Not since Zadie Smith has a young writer arrived with such power and grace' Time
'A marvel of beauty and imagination' Ann Patchett
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.
Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages in the war-torn Balkans when she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.
Compelled to unravel the truth, Natalia stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of The Jungle Book, and then to the most extraordinary story her grandfather never told her - the legend of the tiger's wife.
One of the most
BRILLIANT (Sunday Times)
ASTONISHING (New York Times)
FORMIDABLE (Financial Times)
writers of her generation
Bristles with confidence - Financial Times
A book you will want to read again and again - Indpendent
A natural born storyteller - Daily Telegraph
Stunning... A hugely ambitious, audaciously written work - New York Times
Tea Obreht is the author of THE TIGER'S WIFE, winner of the Orange Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award.
She was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve.
She currently lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.