The Tiger's Wife

by Tea Obreht

The Tiger's Wife

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Tea Obreht's debut novel takes place in an unnamed Balkan country similar to the former Yugoslavia. Natalia, a young medical student, is on her way to an orphanage in enemy territory when she learns that her beloved grandfather has died. As his confidante, Natalia was not only aware of his cancer; she was also privy to his many incredible adventures, the two most fantastic being his stories of the Deathless Man and the Tiger's Wife.

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49 weeks on NPR Paperback Fiction Bestseller List

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Tea Obreht's stunning debut novel is set in the Balkans in the aftermath of war. Natalia Stefanovic, the book's narrator, is a young doctor from the city who travels to a remote seaside town to immunize children in need. Her grandfather inspired her to become a physician. His death, while on a mysterious visit to the village of his World War II childhood, inspires young Natalia to gather up the fragments of his life, including the fabulous story of a tiger, which, having escaped an urban zoo

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