Congratulations to this year’s Orange Prize winner, Tea Obreht, for her novel, The Tiger’s Wife.
Established in 1996, the Orange Award aims to celebrate and promote fiction by women in the English language. Any woman
writing in English, whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject of choice, is eligible. Born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, Tea emigrated to the US in 1997, when she was aged 7. At 25, she is the youngest person to win the Orange Award, but it seems that age has not proven to be a barrier to her. She was also the youngest author on The New Yorker’s Top 20 Writers under 40 List. Her short story, ‘The Laugh’, debuted in The Atlantic Fiction Issue and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010, while her short story, ‘The Sentry’ appeared in the Guardian Summer Fiction Issue alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell. The Orange effect has already seen her book jump to the coveted number 1 sales ranking slot on Amazon.
Bettany Hughes, chairman of the judges, hailed Miss Obreht as a ‘truly exciting new talent’. She added: ‘The book reminds us
how easily we can slip into barbarity, but also of the breadth and depth of human love.’