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Bulls-eye

The Tiger's Wife

Title: The Tiger's Wife
By: Téa Obreht

It's an odd moment, when you realize that you might be in the presence of greatness. The shiver that goes down your spine is unmistakable. You don't know whether the writer or composer or choreographer has hit a once-in-a-lifetime bulls-eye, or whether this is just the first of many astonishments. But that first intimation must be marked.

For me, Téa Obreht hit that mark in the first sentence of Chapter 1 ("The Coast") of The Tiger’s Wife. (Start from the first page of the book for the full impact.)

I don't know where Obreht will go from here; all I know is that I will follow her.

She is very, very young. Read this book, and be poised.

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Posted by curious on Dec. 19, 2012 at 10 a.m.
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