The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

71%

28 Critic Reviews

Obreht has prodigious talent for storytelling and imagery
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In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Bookand the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

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About Téa Obreht

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Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has been named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation's list of 5 Under 35. Téa Obreht lives in New York.
 
Published March 8, 2011 by Random House. 352 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Tiger's Wife
All: 28 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 15 2011

Obreht’s remarkable story showcases a young talent with a bright future. A compassionate, mystical take on the real price of war.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Kapka Kassabova on Mar 11 2011

Obreht has prodigious talent for storytelling and imagery

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger on Mar 11 2011

Filled with astonishing immediacy and presence, fleshed out with detail that seems firsthand, “The Tiger’s Wife” is all the more remarkable for being the product not of observation but of imagination.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Kristin Wilson on Feb 21 2012

With the ambiguity surrounding certain parts of the book, each reader can walk away with a different impression of each character

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Ferri on Mar 08 2011

her attention to detail in creating a believable world — in spite of its magical elements — is the work of a mature storyteller.

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National Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Mar 04 2011

Like any good sorcerer, the spell Obreht casts is strong enough to circumvent flaws, and to invite the reader to hope she’ll continue honing her literary magic with even greater depth and care.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by David Ulin on Mar 27 2011

beautiful writing, but in the end, "The Tiger's Wife" might have benefited from a little less art and a little more life.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Mar 31 2011

...provides a deeper look at the less obvious effects of war, like teens turning contraband imports into status symbols, groups of people defiantly spending all night in coffee houses while air-raid sirens blare, and zoo animals killing themselves and each other as they succumb to unbearable stress.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Charles on Mar 08 2011

Tea Obreht's swirling first novel, "The Tiger's Wife," draws us beneath the clotted tragedies in the Balkans to deliver the kind of truth that histories can't touch.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Philip Hensher on Jun 08 2011

If she had managed to render her interesting topic with an individual and striking voice, she would have produced something lasting as well as prize-winning.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Lucy Popescu on Mar 25 2011

Beautifully executed, haunting and lyrical, The Tiger's Wife is an ambitious novel that succeeds on all counts. It's a book you will want to read again and again.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Mar 18 2011

a remarkable debut novel. Tea Obreht uses stories, and stories within stories... and does so with with a mature hand, predicating certainty and strength in her grasp of materials we usually expect from a master far beyond Obreht’s years.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Maya Muir on Mar 19 2011

a remarkable first novel: unusual in content, wise beyond its author's years and completely engrossing.

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Oprah.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephan Lee

In Obreht's expert hands, the novel's mythology, while rooted in a foreign world, comes to be somehow familiar, like the dark fairy tales of our own youth, the kind that spooked us into reading them again and again.

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BookRack

Excellent
Reviewed by Jyoti Babel on Dec 17 2011

It is complex, multi layered and has fable and reality intricately woven. The writing style is mature, seasoned and polished. It allures you to delve deeper in the story and visualize the scenes in your mind.

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The Rumpus

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon Wilwol on Mar 14 2011

an elaborate, haunting work that deserves to be ranked at least alongside other great debuts

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New York Observer

Below average
Reviewed by Molly Fischer on Mar 09 2011

The Tiger’s Wife reads like it belongs in the running for a Newberry rather than a Pulitzer.

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Her Circle Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Marina DelVecchio on Jan 25 2012

an exceptional work of art as Obreht interweaves Balkan history and folklore into the most riveting tale told.

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Stonington-MysticPatch / Off the Shelf

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Schoenberger on Feb 05 2012

The truly remarkable achievement of "The Tiger's Wife" is its complexity... I would highly recommend "The Tiger's Wife" for book clubs that enjoy a challenging story

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Apr 11 2011

Tea Obreht’s writing is beautiful and clear... the reader must linger over each [word] in order to truly absorb the novel’s impact. Obreht writes with a confidence usually reserved for the most seasoned of writers.

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From Left to Write

Good
Reviewed by Taylor Usry on Mar 21 2012

I was immediately drawn in by Obreht’s lyrical writing style, her thought-provoking passages, her rich portrayal of the landscape that surrounded her interesting characters, and the way she wove several stories together.

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Jules' Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Jules on Dec 31 2011

something was missing for me in this book... the biggest issue was the characters, I didn't enjoy them much and couldn't connect to them

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SamDowning.com

Good
Reviewed by Sam Downing on Oct 01 2011

Like a real fairytale, the precise details are almost irrelevant. It’s the sense they arouse that stays with you.

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Hungry like the Woolf

Below average
Apr 24 2012

Obreht... demonstrates admirable skill, but never delivers the sort of depth her premise suggests. This book provides pleasant diversion, but no real weight.

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Chasing Empty Pavements

Below average
Reviewed by Jade on Mar 22 2012

by the end of the novel I'm not really sure if anything important ever did happen... underwhelmed by this novel after all the hype and my own expectations.

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Booklover Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Joanne P on Jul 24 2011

I highly recommend The Tiger’s Wife for lovers of literature and look forward to seeing what Obreht will share with us in the future.

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Whirl Books

Below average
Reviewed by Liz on Mar 24 2011

I felt like I was missing a lot by not understanding what I assumed were many references--cultural, folkloric, religious, and otherwise. So I stumbled around the maze and emerged dazed, and ultimately a little disappointed.

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Edinburgh Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Andrew Bianchi on Feb 17 2012

the The Tiger’s Wife’s biggest weakness – the lack of a truly gripping overarching plot.

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