Writers + Party + Books = Good Times and New Find

My writing group had a holiday party. No surprise books were involved. Everyone was to bring one wrapped book and put it beneath the Christmas tree. We then started our White elephant book exchange. I picked number 27 out of 36; Not bad. During the book-swiping, I got my hands on The KGB Bar Reader and Lorrie Moore’s Who Will Run the Frog Hospital. These sought-after items were snatched from my hot little hands, and I ended up with a book called The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.

I had never heard of it or her so I decided to find out more. Turns out Obreht was one of The New Yorker’s Twenty best American fiction writers under forty and also one of the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 Under 35.  Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Harper’s. The Tiger’s Wife is her first novel and a National Book Award finalist.

Wow. In order to recover from a sudden wave of inferiority, I thought about  sending my novel out again. My insecurity aside, I look forward to reading Obreht’s debut and will give a review when I finish.


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