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Téa Obreht

National Book Award finalist, Orange Prize winner, and author of The Tiger's Wife

  • About Téa Obreht

    Perhaps the most celebrated debut novel of 2011, The Tiger’s Wife brought us a landmark new talent, Téa Obreht. With a riotous imagination and vivid storytelling flair, Obreht revisits the Balkans of her childhood in her novel, and grapples with the region’s uneasy mixture of sectarian, war-torn history and its fiercely held myths and superstitions. Her lectures are of equal caliber as she shares with audiences her own tale of becoming writer with the same storytelling expertise displayed in her novel.

    Téa was born in 1985 in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1997, and she attended the University of Southern California and received her M.F.A. from Cornell. Her fiction debut—an excerpt of The Tiger’s Wife inThe New Yorker—was selected for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. Her short story “The Laugh” was published in The Atlantic and was anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2010. She has also published nonfiction about vampire hunting in Harper’s. She was the youngest writer named in The New Yorker’s “Best 20 Writers Under 40” and was also named one of the “Best 5 Writers Under 35” by the National Book Foundation.

    Obreht’s latest novel, Inland, is a brilliant reimagining of the mythos of the American West through Obreht’s fantastical lens. A story of immigrants, migration, and two individuals fated to clash, Inland cements Obreht’s reputation as an innovative writer of lyrical, imaginative novels.

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    An Evening with Téa Obreht

    Becoming a Writer

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  • Praise for Téa Obreht

    Praise for Inland

    The long-anticipated second novel from Téa Obreht transports readers to the Wild West through the juxtaposed stories of a frontierswoman whose husband and sons have gone missing, and of an outlaw on the run.


    Obreht masterfully intertwines [Nora’s and Lurie’s] seemingly unconnected stories with the rich prose, nods to history, and elements of magical realism she’s known for.

    Real Simple

    It will enchant lovers of lyrical prose and the mythical American West.

    Harper’s Bazaar

    Praise for The Tiger’s Wife

    Stunning . . . a richly textured and searing novel.

    Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

    Spectacular . . . [Téa Obreht] spins a tale of such marvel and magic in a literary voice so enchanting that the mesmerized reader wants her never to stop. [Grade:] A

    Entertainment Weekly
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