The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht This novel won the 2011 Orange Prize for fiction. The story is narrated by a Yugoslavian girl called Natalia. At the start of the book, her grandfather dies, which compels her to go on a journey to find out what happened to him. Throughout the book, Natalia recalls two of the tales her grandfather used to tell her when she was a child. These are the stories of a tiger, which escaped from Belgrade Zoo in the Second World War, and the tale of a man who could not die. Critics have acclaimed this book for its commentary on Yugoslavia. Girls Call, Book Club, Book Worth, Belgrade Zoos, Tigers Wife, Orange Prizes, Teas Obreht, Grandfather Die, Natalia Recall
Only read nine of these so far. I think The Glass Castle is next, thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law who is the perfect person to recommend a book. I wish I had her in my classroom to cater to the continual requests for good recommendations in the genre of (fill in the blank).
Set in Prague, this novel is a book about angels, devils and everything in between. The novel revolves around a 17-year-old called Karou, who is living two lives in Prague. On one hand, she’s an ordinary teenager. On the other hand, she’s the adopted daughter and errand-girl of Brimstone, a ‘chimaera’ or ‘elsething’ with lion paws, a ram’s head and crocodile eyes. The drama in the story starts with the arrival of a seraph called Akiva, who causes Karou to question what she is. (to read)
This is the fictionalized account of the true story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. Couldn't -put-downable. (Terri, Adult Services)