NYU Selects Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife as Freshman Dialogue Novel

New York University’s College of Arts & Science has announced The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht as their Freshman Dialogue novel selection. The Freshman Dialogue at NYU is an exciting, unique way to connect students with faculty members before classes begin, to unify the class around a common activity and theme, and to introduce students to the rich intellectual and cultural life of the College, the University, and New York City. In her welcoming letter to the Class of 2016, Acting Dean G. Gabrielle Starr writes:

“The next four years will, I trust, be wonderful ones for you; the excitement and discovery begin with your selection of courses, your orientation, and your engagement with the amazing novel that kicks off our first year together, Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife.”

Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Téa Obreht, the youngest of The New Yorker’s twenty best American fiction writers under forty, has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant, original authors of her generation.

In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel.

The Tiger’s Wife has also been selected for common reading at Georgetown University.


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