On the Books June 9: Tea Obreht becomes youngest ever Orange Prize winner, J.K. Rowling builds her own Hagrid's hut?, and more


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++ Ever since The New Yorker included 25-year-old Téa Obreht in their “20 under 40″ issue a year ago, the buzz for The Tiger’s Wife author hasn’t died down a bit. Yesterday, she became the youngest ever Orange Prize winner, beating out more seasoned writers like Emma Donaghue and Nicole Krauss. Obreht was the youngest author on the shortlist (which notably excluded Pulitzer-winner Jennifer Egan) by 13 years.

++ J.K. Rowling has been creating a bit of a stir in Edinburgh by buying the £1 million home next to her mansion (ooh, or castle?) just to demolish it. The billionaire Harry Potter creator wants to expand her garden and also build a summer hut that “bears a striking resemblance to the stone hut inhabited by Hagrid, the giant groundsman from her novels,” according to The Telegraph. I don’t see the problem in any of this — she’s paying for the house, and I’m in favor of anything that reinforces my fantasy of Rowling actually living at Hogwarts.

++ Speaking of kick-ass women in books, have you noticed the slew of new novels with “girl” in the title? USA Today lists some new book titles that may have taken a pointer from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (although Girl with a Pearl Earring predates all of them). Just like they are with movies, TV, and music lately, girls “run the world” in books, too!

++ To all you sticklers of text message grammar and punctuation: 1) You’re annoying. 2) Here’s some proof that you may actually have a point. Text message punctuation matters!

++ Not looking to drudge through any depressing novels at the beach this summer? Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith is right there with you.

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  • David

    While The Tiger’s Wife is a good work, I’m not sure if it’s really a great one – I fear that she is receiving all of this awards attention due to her great talent at her young age, and when she produces a better work later on it won’t receive the same plaudits she is now. She is certainly a great writer with tons of potential, but The Tiger’s Wife just isn’t as great as the hype has been saying, imo.

    • Ed

      I agree. While I enjoyed The Tiger’s Wife, I certainly did not love it. I actually found parts of it boring. I loved the sections about the sections about the deathless man, but some of the other sections left something to be desired. Obreht is certainly talented and I’m looking forward to seeing how her career develops, but the novel was a bit disjointed for me. When I was finished reading, I felt a bit unsatisfied.

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