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Tea Obreht, 24, Writer
Obreht's debut, a short story called "The Tiger's Wife" published in The New Yorker this June, was praised by everyone from The L editors to our mother. (We don't really talk to anyone else.) She's blogged for The New Yorker, too, and she's got a novel coming next year, now that she's earned her MFA from Cornell—maybe you've heard of it?