The Tiger’s Wife

Tea Obreht

The Tiger's Wife
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The Tiger’s Wife

Tea Obreht

WINNER OF THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION   

‘Not since Zadie Smith has a young writer arrived with such power and grace’ Time   

‘A marvel of beauty and imagination’ Ann Patchett       

A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall – but for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic.       

Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages in the war-torn Balkans when she receives word of her beloved grandfather’s death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.       

Compelled to unravel the truth, Natalia stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of The Jungle Book, and then to the most extraordinary story her grandfather never told her – the legend of the tiger’s wife.  

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