Téa Obreht

Fact, history, and superstition interweave in the captivating debut novel from Téa Obrecht. The Tiger's Wife (Random House) follows Natalia, a young doctor, as she as she provides aid to an orphanage following years of war in a nameless Balkan country. While in the small seaside village she begins to hear whisperings of strange happenings both past and present: grave-diggings, men who don't age, and an escaped tiger who befriends a mute deaf women. As the folklore of the region unfolds, Natalia, herself in mourning, finds herself seeking closure to the mystery of her grandfather's death. The Belgrade-born Obrecht, who immigrated to Cairo after the breakup of Yugoslavia, winds a compelling tale that maintains a delicate balance between reality and myth. (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)
Mon., March 14, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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