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Subject: Question for HF Experts
Date Posted: 6/18/2011 5:09 PM ET
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Is "The Tiger's Wife" by Tea Obreht considered Historical Fiction???  If so, and if any of you have read it, could you please give me a little "good or bad" star type of review???  I have had it on my wishlist for some time and am still in the hundreds of people wishing.  I was set to buy it, but it has some absolutely devastating reviews on Amazon --- of course it also has some good ones.  I don't need someone to retell the story --- just some stars and short comments.  I trust the readers here probably more so than Amazon strangers.  If you want you can reply here or PM either will be good.   Many thanks, Becky 

Date Posted: 6/18/2011 5:35 PM ET
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Since apparently one major strand of the book is set in the early 40s, it could certainly be considered historical fiction. That being said, I know nothing about this book other than what I've read -- and given what I've read, I would suggest checking it out from the library, borrowing it from a friend, or waiting until you move up the PBS WL -- but that's because I have a gazillion books on my TBR stacks so I can be very patient waiting for books (well, most of the time).

But I hope that someone here can be more helpful and give you an opinion based on actually having read the book. If you don't have much luck in this forum, you might want to try the Hidden Gems forum -- possibly a wider audience.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 6/18/2011 5:44 PM ET
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I've never even heard of it, sorry I can't help either. If I'm ever ensure I always go the library route first.

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 10:29 PM ET
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It just won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction.  Perhaps you can find something on the Orange Prize website.


Date Posted: 6/25/2011 4:16 PM ET
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I very much want to read it (I studied the Balkans a bit in college) but I have not read it.