Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States in 1997. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading. Her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, was published by Random House in 2011. The novel was a National Book Award Finalist and a New York Times Bestseller. It was named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Economist, Vogue, Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, Publishers Weekly, and by Alan Cheuse on NPR’s "All Things Considered."
Obreht was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 Under 35.
She was a 2013-2014 Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library.