Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, emigrating to the US in 1997. She was the youngest author on The New Yorker’s Top 20 Writers under 40 List, and one of the youngest authors ever to be extracted in the magazine. Her short story, ‘The Laugh’, debuted in The Atlantic Fiction Issue and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010, while her short story, ‘The Sentry’ appeared in the Guardian Summer Fiction Issue alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell. She lives in New York.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction are marking twenty wonderful years with ‘Best of the Best’ – a celebration of their second decade. We’re thrilled that The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht, which won in 2011, is included in the festivities and we’d like to invite all of you along too!
The editor Arzu Tahsin on the moment of acquisition to the big win:
“I acquired The Tiger’s Wife 3 years ago and for a long time it felt like a delicious secret. While Tea edited we worked hard on the cover and presentation of the book and I badgered everyone in-house to share the manuscript once it was ready. Our enthusiasm was unanimous and the book became an instant in-house success! My pride at seeing Tea get up on the podium to accept the Orange Prize was overwhelming. From the moment I read the first paragraph of this novel when it was first submitted I knew this was an incredibly special book and our journey with Tea continues. Ultimately, The Tiger’s Wife celebrates great writing, a truly compelling story-telling with an inspirational message.” Arzu Tahsin, Commissioning Editor, The Tiger’s Wife