First-time author Tea Obreht has won this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction. The 25 year old is the youngest recipient of the £30,000 award – received in recognition of her novel The Tiger’s Wife – the story of a young doctor on a journey through the war-torn Balkans.
Obreht accepted the prize at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women who write in English.
Last year's award went to Barbara Kingsolver, and was something of a lifetime achievement prize, whilst Obreht is a dazzlingly talented first-time novelist. The Tiger's Wife weaves together a set of wartime fables in an exuberant piece of writing. Set in a fictionalised Balkan country, it nestles a series of stories about war and conflict, superstition and spirits, magic and village life, within a tender narrative about a young woman's love for a grandfather who is as stubborn as she is.
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