Novelist Téa Obreht
Friday, June 24, 2011
Téa Obreht is 25 years old, and she’s already received a career’s worth of plaudits for her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife. The novel gained attention for the deftness with which it shifts between realism and fable, and for its sense of deep wisdom about memory, faith, family, and death.
Earlier this month Obreht became the youngest person ever to win the Orange Prize, given every year to the best English-language novel by a woman. Not bad for someone who learned English as a child from bootlegged Disney movies, but she still doesn't quite trust her success. She tells Kurt Andersen, "In Balkan culture, you find 5 bucks on the floor, next thing you know you're being run over by a train."