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Téa Obreht’s debut as a fiction writer was stunning: 2011’s best-selling The Tiger’s Wife, the story of a young doctor in a fictional, war-torn Balkan state who is inspired by stories her grandfather told her as a child. It was short-listed for a National Book Award, and made the then-25-year-old Obreht the youngest winner of Britain’s prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction.
Her newly released second novel, Inland, already has turned heads. “Obreht knocks it out of the park,” Publishers Weekly says.
The Serbian-American author, who teaches creative writing at Hunter College in New York City, discusses the lyrical, eight-years-in-the-making book—set half a world removed from Tiger’s Wife. It follows the intersecting journeys of an unflinching frontierswoman in the drought-parched Arizona Territory in 1893 and a former outlaw haunted by his past.
Co-presented by Rainy Day Books.