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The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
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Jul 21, 2011

really liked it
Read from June 30 to July 21, 2011

It took me a little while to get into this. The framework story is told in the first person by a young doctor whose grandfather has just passed away in mysterious circumstances. The story shuttles between her present day mission (inoculating orphaned children across the new border in the former Yugoslavia) to stories of her own and of her grandfather’s childhood, in particular his relationship with the tiger’s wife of the title. I have to admit to finding it tangential at times, and a little anecdotal: there are many, many threads to this story. But for the most part I’m in awe at the skill and the confidence of Obreht, who manages to bring these multiple stories together so successfully in the end. Highly recommended, although not for the impatient reader.

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