Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, and grew up in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States.

Her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the  Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Vogue, Esquire and Zoetrope: All-Story, among many others. She was the recipient of the Rona Jaffe fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. From 2020 to 2022, she served as the Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Texas State University in San Marcos. She currently lives in Wyoming.

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

The Tiger’s Wife

by Téa Obreht

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Obreht has a talent for subtle plotting that eludes most writers twice her age, and her descriptive powers suggest a kind of channeled genius.

Ron Charles, The Washington Post