Téa Obreht (born 30 September 1985) is an American novelist. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2011 for The Tiger's Wife, her debut novel.
Téa Obreht was born as Tea Bajraktarević in the autumn of 1985, in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia. Her father, a Bosniak, was absent in her childhood so she lived in Belgrade with her mother and her maternal grandparents, grandfather Stefan, a Slovene, and grandmother Zahida, also a Bosniak. When the Yugoslav Wars started in the early 1990s, her family moved to Cyprus and later to Cairo, Egypt, guided by her grandfather's job as an aviation engineer. Her grandparents returned to live in Belgrade in 1997, while she and her mother settled in the United States, first in Atlanta, and later in Palo Alto, California. Obreht's grandfather died in 2006 and on his deathbed asked her to write under his surname, Obreht. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Obreht received a MFA in fiction from the creative writing program at Cornell University in 2009. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Zoetrope: All-Story, Harpers, The New York Times and The Guardian, and in story anthologies...
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