Téa Obreht won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction with The Tiger's Wife.
At 25, Obreht is the youngest author to win the Prize the prize. Bettany Hughes, Chair of Judges, said:
Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia and raised in Belgrade. In 1992, her family moved to Cyprus and Egypt, and immigrated to the USA in 1997. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Téa received her MFA in Fiction from the Creative Writing Program at Cornell University in 2009. Téa was featured in The New Yorker's Top 20 Writers under 40 Fiction Issue (June 2010) and at 24, was the youngest on the list. Her short story, The Laugh, debuted in The Atlantic fiction issue
and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010. Her journalism has appeared in Harper's magazine and she lives in Ithaca, New York.
The Tiger's Wife
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. Years later, in a Balkan country ravaged by conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, is visiting an orphanage when she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death far from their home in mysterious circumstances. Remembering fragments of the stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for ‘the deathless man' a
vagabond who was said to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man, would go on such a far-fetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.
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