Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Tiger's Wife is hugely ambitious, audaciously written

Téa Obreht’s first book, The Tiger’s Wife, could not have received a better review then it did in today's New York Times.

This remarkable new book is also the March selection of our Signed First Editions Book Club.

Michiko Kakutani's glowing appraisal, "Luminous Fables in a Land of Loss," started this way: "Téa Obreht’s stunning debut novel, “The Tiger’s Wife,” is a hugely ambitious, audaciously written work that provides an indelible picture of life in an unnamed Balkan country still reeling from the fallout of civil war." Kakutani's review concludes with "Ms. Obreht has not only made a precocious debut, but she has also written a richly textured and searing novel." Wow.
Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She was also named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 Under 35.

Obreht's new book also caught the attention of Book Passage bookseller Mary Benham, who selected it for the Signed First Editions Club. Each month, members of the Book Passage Signed First Editions Club receive a signed first edition of a new work of fiction by an emerging author who shows exceptional talent and promise. Many of our selected authors have gone on to win literary acclaim, including Paul Harding, whose small press novel, Tinkers, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.To sign up for the Signed First Editions Club, please use this online form; or for more information call Club Coordinator Mary Benham at (415) 927-0960 ext. 227 or email mbenham AT

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