Catch A Rising Star

The youngest author on last year’s “20 Under 40” list from The New Yorker comes to Minneapolis. Tea Obreht reads from her much-anticipated first novel The Tiger’s Wife, at 7:30pm, Monday, March 14, at Magers & Quinn.

“Téa Obreht is the most thrilling literary discovery in years.”–Colum McCann

“A marvel of beauty and imagination. Téa Obreht is a tremendously talented writer.”–Ann Patchett

The Tiger’s Wife begins in a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, when Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel.

“A novel of surpassing beauty, exquisitely wrought and magical. Téa Obreht is a towering new talent.”–T. C. Boyle

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 was 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. She lives in New York.

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