OH MY GOD. This is the best book I've read since The Poisonwood Bible
. I've never seen story lines so deftly and beautifully intertwined. There are glints of magical realism that don't come close to striving or copycatting - like the characters in the book, you accept the stories for what they are: stories that you don't want not to be true. The sheer originality of this book would be enough to set it above most things I've read in the last few years, but no other titles came close to the style. Obreht is a writer, not simply an author, and she's already a master of her craft. This book was PHENOMENAL.
My book club generally didn't like this book, which surprised me. They lamented of the lack of narrator development, or plot credibility. For most novels, those would be acceptable things to criticize. The Tiger's Wife, however, is not like most novels. Nor should it be read as such. I fell into the stories and was carried back and forth by the gorgeous telling. This is a book to be experienced.