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Best Selling Author Téa Obreht to Read from Her Novel, The Tigers Wife
Friday, 07 March 2014 16:11

Téa Obreht

Purchase, NY, March 4, 2014 -- New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Téa Obreht, will read from her “brilliant debut novel” (Publishers Weekly quote), The Tiger’s Wife, on March 20, 2014 at 7 PM in the Castle on the Manhattanville College campus.

The reading, sponsored by Manhattanville’s MFA program in Creative Writing and visiting professor and author Alex Gilvarry, is free and open to the public.

Ms. Obreht’s novel won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was hailed as one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Economist and Vogue among other publications.   

Ms. Obreht’s novel takes place in a Balkan country mending from years of conflict into which Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea.  Superstition and secrets from the local community gather everywhere around her and intermingle with her own personal search for clues to her beloved grandfather’s inexplicable recent death.   Author T.C. Boyle describes The Tiger’s Wife as a “novel of surpassing beauty, exquisitely wrought and magical.”

Also reading will be visiting professor Alex Gilvarry, author of the novel From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, which the New York Times described as “a left-handed love letter to America.”  Gilvarry’s work has recently appeared in The Paris Review, Vogue and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

About Manhattanville College:
Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence and social and civic action. Manhattanville prepares students to be ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community. Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Manhattanville serves 1,700 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from more than 50 countries and 30 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, and offers graduate programs in Education, Business, Creative Writing, as well as Continuing and Executive Education programs.