Téa Obreht | 'I knew that as an immigrant from the Balkans, I wasn’t going to tell a Native American story'

Téa Obreht | 'I knew that as an immigrant from the Balkans, I wasn’t going to tell a Native American story'

Eight years ago the Serbian-American writer Téa Obreht won what was then the Orange Prize for Fiction with her début novel, The Tiger’s Wife, an audacious, folkloric tale of war and family, deeply informed by her childhood years in the former Yugoslavia. The book saw her hailed as a "compelling new voice" (the Sunday Times) and "pretty formidable" (the FT) and, at 25, she was the Orange’s youngest winner.

Her follow-up, Inland, has taken time to emerge; Obreht was writing regularly, her writing style and her relationship to language and narrative was changing, but several drafts didn’t g...

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