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In The Tiger’s Wife, Natalia, a 24-year-old doctor in a Balkan province under perpetual siege, dissects the village folklore her grandfather imparted to her as a girl while she contemplates his mysterious death. In particular, the fantastical tale of an invincible man condemned to a loveless life and the tragedy of the deaf-mute wife of a tiger intrigues Natalia as she looks for clues into her grandfather’s last journey — one she is sure her grandfather, a doctor himself, knew he was too ill to make. This stunning debut novel from 25-year-old Téa Obreht — whom The New Yorker named as one of the 20 best fiction writers under 40 — tells of a wondrous world underpinned by wartime psychology, family ties and the pregnant relationship between life and death.