Review: Tiger, Tiger by Johanna Skibsrud

Tiger Tiger Johanna SkibsrudTiger, Tiger by Johanna Skibsrud

Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Details: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

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A collection of intrepid and incisive stories from the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Sentimentalists 

Tiger, Tiger takes readers from the Paradise Valley Senior Centre parking lot all the way to Mars and examines the contradictions of life along the way. An astounding array of characters come up against the challenges of existence–both mundane and extraordinary–and their experiences never fail to surprise and delight.
A scientist finds the truth about love in a lab where he is learning to grow extinct tigers. A fake wedding at a nursing home brings a divorcee to the brink of despair while her grandmother marvels at the beauty around her. A small-town taxidermist realizes his fiancee is never returning–that he has lost her to an inscrutable ball of light. A soldier survives the bloody Battle of the Argonne Forest but loses the faith of his child. An uncanny teenager holds two hundred thousand years of the world’s history in her mind but feels desperately alone.
Profound and paradoxical, these fourteen stories bring us closer to the truth, even if we discover that it is ultimately unknowable. Masterfully crafted and astonishingly wise, Tiger, Tiger explores the limits of understanding, the future of humanity, and establishes Skibsrud as a rare and exceptional talent.


I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.

I don’t read a lot of short stories but it is something I’ve been wanting to get more into. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect going into this collection, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I was hoping I would like it. I never expected it to be a four star read.

I read this in a day because I was pulled in to the first story. Right from the beginning Tiger, Tiger hooked me and didn’t let go. Even though the rest of the stories weren’t as good as the first one, none of them disappointed me. I enjoyed ever single one.

I will definitely be reading more by Johanna Skibsrud in the future. If you like short stories and you haven’t picked this one up, you should.

4 out of 5 stars


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