The Tiger's Wife

The Tiger's Wife The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

Genre: Contemporary, magic realism

Age: Older YA

POV: 1st person

Summary: In Balkan country is mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances of her grandfather’s death. She turns to his worn out copy of the Jungle book, the stories he has told her of his encounters with the Deathless man and the story of the Tiger’s Wife.

Review: The Tiger’s Wife remains me of The Thirteenth Tale by Dina Satterfield. It has the format of a story within a story about someone that a person they admire. The more their told about the person past it being stranger than fiction.

The writing is beautiful. At times I find myself captured in the stories that are told. The one about the deathless man is my favorite.

The story does jump around a bit. One moment is reading about Natalia going to the orphanages then a flashback about Natalia's life growing up during the war and, then a story of the Tiger’s wife.
All these stories do connect. From these stories, a deep history of a side character will be told. Is this necessary? The author wants to give the reader a deep understanding of someone and, it involves a deep connection for all these stories to weave together.

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Plot: 4/5 –The plot is not too clear. It woven nicely together once the whole book is finish. You have to go with the flow of the characters. It can get slow at times if you’re not invested in the story.

Bonus Points:

+1 beautiful writing

+1 I managed to get lost each story of the Tiger’s Wife and the Deathless man.

Total: 16/20

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