Saturday, 19 March 2011

BOOK BUZZ: An extraordinary debut from a young sensation, and John Grisham returns to thrill his young readers

The Tiger’s Wife
(Random House)
by Tea Obreht

Every year an author arrives on the scene with a debut so astonishing that the critical acclaim is almost immediate, and as quickly as you can say bestseller, he/she has been branded a literary sensation. In the case of Tea Obreht, she has the added distinction of being the youngest of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40,” a prestigious assembly of the year’s most stunningly gifted young writers. At 26, Obreht (born Bajraktarevic in Belgrade, but now lives in New York) has released The Tiger’s Wife (Random House), a concoction of stories in which fiction collides with fact, realism clashes with myth and superstition and allegory with history. Set in a Balkan state torn apart by years of conflict, and narrated by a young female doctor, the novel has been described by the New York Times as “all the more remarkable for being the product not of observation but of imagination.”

Theodore Boone: The Abduction (Dutton)
by John Grisham

Master of the legal thriller, John Grisham, is getting set to release a second book aimed at his young readers. But like last year’s Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, the subject matter is anything but kiddie matter. Theodore Boone: The Abduction hits shelves in June, and this time out, 13-year-old hero Theo is on the trail of his best friend April, who has been taken from her home in the middle of the night. Investigating cops suspect a shady relative is behind the abduction, but it is Theo who discovers what really took place.

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