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Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve. Her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a National Book Award Finalist and an international bestseller. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading, and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Vogue and Esquire. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. In 2013, she was the Rona Jaffe Foundation fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. A recipient of the 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.