WINNER OF THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION'Not since Zadie Smith has a young writer arrived with such power and grace' Time'A marvel of beauty and imagination' Ann PatchettA tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina.
His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall - but for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic. Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages in the war-torn Balkans when she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery. Compelled to unravel the truth, Natalia stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of The Jungle Book, and then to the most extraordinary story her grandfather never told her - the legend of the tiger's wife. One of the mostBRILLIANT (Sunday Times)ASTONISHING (New York Times)PRODIGIOUS (Guardian)FORMIDABLE (Financial Times)EXTRAORDINARY (Vogue)writers of her generation