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The Tiger’s Wife

On Wednesday May 2, the UU Book Club will meet at 1:30 pm at the UU Fellowship to discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht, hosted and moderated by Dottie Gerrits. This is the first book by this Belgrade-born novelist who is ethnic Bosniak/Slovene. She has lived in the United States for several years and writes exquisite English. Set in an unnamed Balkan country, the narrative weaves between the present and the recent past and interweaves fact and folklore, ritual and superstition with an immediacy that is totally convincing. It features a young woman doctor’s relationship with her grandfather (also a doctor) and the stories he tells her, about the ‘deathless man’ who meets him several times in different places and never changes and about a deaf-mute girl from his childhood village who befriends a tiger that has escaped from a zoo. In an interview, the author said; “It’s a saga about doctors and their relationships to death throughout all these wars in the Balkans.” In 2011, Obreht won the prestigious Orange Prize for this novel, the youngest novelist to receive the award to date.

In June we will discuss So Much for That by Lionel Shriver.