Best New York Writer Young Enough to Make You Slit Your Wrists (2010)

Téa Obreht

You will never be Téa Obreht, the youngest member of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" 2010 class, because Obreht is 25 years old, and you are not. A compact, blond immigrant from the former Yugoslavia by way of Egypt, Obreht went straight from Cornell's MFA program to The New Yorker, which published a chapter from her forthcoming novel, The Tiger's Wife, in the magazine last year. Hopes that that moody, incandescent excerpt was some kind of fluke were dashed when she came out with her even better second effort, "Blue Water Djinn," in August. Ah, well—get ready for the next existential crisis about what you're doing with your life and all the things you haven't accomplished yet. Random House publishes her debut in March of next year.


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