The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht is a story of life, death and mortality woven through the myths and legends Natalia’s grandfather steeped her in. She followed in his footsteps, becoming a doctor in a war ravaged Balkan world and reluctantly searches for answers in her grandfather’s death. She walks into a world haunted by the past which blurs the line between truth and fantasy.
This is a rich, filling novel that will pull at your soul as it opens up a world of poverty, superstition and tenacious survival against the odds. The tiger becomes more than a character in this story, touching Natalia’s young routine visit to the zoo and her grandfather’s almost mythic youth. The timelines and stories merge and mingle into a beautiful tapestry that will linger long after the story’s finished. This author deserves all the acclaim and accolades she’s won for this debut novel.