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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Another wunderkind!


If Swamplandia's twenty-nine-year-old Karen Russell weren't enough, here comes twenty-five-year-old Téa Obreht to make me feel even less accomplished for my age. Obreht's debut novel The Tiger's Wife is the story of a young doctor named Natalia living an unnamed Balkan country during the 21st century, inspired in part by the author's early life in Yugoslavia but decorated with astonishing imagination bordering on magical realist. Already awash in great reviews, featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, and excerpted in the New Yorker's 20 under 40 fiction issue last summer, The Tiger's Wife was just nominated for the UK's prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. Good for her.

Want to know more? Liesl Schillinger's New York Times review is great, and here's an excerpt from the book.

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