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08/05/2009 4:00 AM |

BEST REASON FOR THE NEW YORKER TO RETURN TO THE PRACTICE OF MAKING THEIR SUMMER FICTION ISSUE THE DEBUT FICTION ISSUE:
“The Tiger’s Wife,” by Tea Obreht

Appearing alongside — and overshadowing — new work from Jonathan Franzen and Edna O’Brien in this June’s double issue, the story, excerpted from Obreht’s forthcoming first novel, was a multilayered tale touching on family, history, memory and legend in the former Yugoslavia. And it was written by a previously unpublished author fresh out of an MFA program, who won’t turn 25 until next year. Hmm. On second thought, maybe it’s just as well that this doesn’t happen more often.

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