Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht’s personal journey really impressed me on a U-Tube video during the Library of Congress 2020 National Book Festival. The connection I felt brought tears to my eyes. She’s a novelist who was born in the former Yugoslavia and had to move to Syria with her family. She learned how to speak English by watching Disney films and by writing English in a British school. Her first novel in 2010, The Tiger’s Wife, combines mystical Yugoslavian story-telling techniques with reality. This grabbed my heart since my novel-in-progress is attempting to do this as well in a different way. Her recently released novel, Inland (May 2020) sounds marvelous. The story is about unusual aspects of history in the American Wild West during the 1800s (camels came into the U-Tube conversation). While broadcasting from Wyoming, she read a passage from her recent book that played out in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Coincidentally, I am living in Wyoming after retiring from the Washington, D.C. area. My first novel is based on a true story with fictionalized twists; the story revolves around my 1960s adoption in Germany by Americans—so, my story is different from hers, but we both had to leave our birthplace due to unusual circumstances. I purchased her novels and looked at a few excerpts; they sound fascinating. I look forward to reading all the pages in the future.

  2 comments for “Téa Obreht

  1. Libby
    October 6, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Elsa, I loved this book and recommended it to several of my friends who alI enjoyed her mix of story telling with her mythical cultural background. I’m excited to read her newest book. Thanks for the blog.

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • October 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      You’re welcome, Libby. Tea Obreht is someone I’ll continue to follow. I can’t figure out how to allow new comments on my blog. I’ll keep working on it.


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