Honestly, this was a struggle for me to get through. Don’t get me wrong, the author is very talented. The style of her storytelling is very mature and polished. Perhaps it was the way it played out, or the order of the events of the story that just didn’t grasp my interest much until 2/3 of the way through (about chapter 7)
The book follows the story of a girl, Natalia, who is a doctor and just finding out about the death of her beloved grandfather. Aside from that, and the various side stories, I honestly can’t really tell you much more about what I took form the story. It jumped sporadically between Natalia in present-day, and over to her grandfather telling her stories in the past. I found that the grandfather’s stories were actually the parts that were interesting. He told stories of his village and where a tiger had wandered into the area and the villagers were anxious about the nearby tiger. He told stories of “the tiger’s wife” and “the deathless man” and, to be honest, I really think this novel was misnamed. Unless I completely missed the point of it, I didn’t think the title character (the “tiger’s wife”) really was that important of a character. If anything, the most interesting story, and who I think the book should have been named after, was The Deathless Man. That was the only subplot of the whole novel that captivated my interest.
Overall, it wasn’t horrible. Her writing is polished and stylized. I just couldn’t get into the whole “tiger’s wife” story.
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ (2.5/5 stars)