‘Everything necessary to understand my grandfather lies between two stories: the story of the tiger’s wife, and the story of the deathless man. These stories run like secret rivers through all the other stories of his life.’
The Tiger’s Wife is a remarkable accomplishment for a first time author. It is far more ambitious than I had expected, and took me a little while to get my head around.
Set in an unamed Balkan country, this is the story of a young doctor named Natalia on the search for truth after her grandfather’s death. There are two other entwined stories within this story; the Tiger’s Wife, and the Deathless Man. The cross over of story within story and myth entwined with reality makes for an enchanting yet complicated read. I actually found the story of the Deathless Man far more interesting than that of the Tiger’s Wife, and would have quite liked the focus to remain there a little more than it did.
Téa deals with a lot of important issues such as death, religion, war and love in the novel, and she quite clearly a very imaginative and talented woman. If you like weird tales and old folk stories, then this book is definitely for you. It is a magical complex debut, and definitely engaging enough to make me want to read her next novel.
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