The Tiger’s Wife
By Tea Obreht
Random House, 2011. 337 pgs. Fiction
Set in the war torn Balkans, ‘The Tigers Wife’ tells of a young doctor’s attempts to come to grips with her grandfather’s recent death. Natalia travels to an orphanage to provide medical assistance, during her journey she remembers his extraordinary life and the stories he shared with her. Her reminiscing leads Natalia to investigate the last few weeks of his life and eventually to the discovery that he never shared what may have been his most amazing story of all.
Obreht writes amazingly beautiful prose. ‘The Tiger’s Wife’ is the type of book you savor. The words, the story, the meaning all require delicious, deliberate, attention. So, if you have the time to spend, this is a great read, just don’t expect to be able to breeze through it.