Most of the writing was beautiful and served the magical realism without seeming too contrived.
However at times I could feel myself ticking off story elements and narrative styles required for this book to be considered 'literary fiction'.
And the book never quite achieved its potential.
I liked the parts about The Tiger's Wife. However the whole plot strand with her grandfather promised a lot more than it delivered and left me feeling a large chunk of story was missing.
I was also disappointed that the country itself made less of an impression. At first the author seemed about to tell the story of her country but then she became so absorbed in writing literary fiction that she couldn't hold on to that storyline.
Beautiful writing but the book as a whole was a slow read and even a struggle at times.