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Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Liza Klaussmann
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Book Description

Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their 'real lives': Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war.

Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena's husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena--with their children, Daisy and Ed--try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same.

Brilliantly told from five points of view, with a magical elegance and suspenseful dark longing, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut novel from a writer of extraordinary insight and accomplishment.


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: It’s the end of World War II, and cousins Nick and Helena part ways for the first time. Helena is moving to Hollywood and getting married; Nick goes to Florida with her veteran husband, Hughes. The women soon realize that their lives don’t match their dreams, but it takes more than twelve years and their children finding a murder victim to jar them out of their complacency. Liza Klaussmann layers the story with the distinct viewpoints of Nick, her daughter Daisy, Hughes, Helena, and Helena’s son Ed. From wartime London in the 1940s to the family beach estate, Tiger House, in the late 1960s, each character brings their own baggage to the story of a family unraveling. Secret fears, desires, and relationships come to light as facades are worn away. The unsolved murder soon becomes just one of many mysteries swirling around the Tiger House, building suspense all the way to the startling conclusion. --Malissa Kent

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“As each new narrator moves into position—and, believe me, they just get better and better—the story of this glittering family takes another turn, revolving slowly but with devastating sureness towards a breathtaking finale. Even to name the narrators would be to give the game away, so I won’t. But if you’re looking for a great summer read, look no further.”
Irish Times
 
“Ms. Klaussmann's strongest suit is the cut-glass quality of her prose, which presents the characters' perceptions in bold contours while still suggesting their emotional fragility.”
The Wall Street Journal
 
“. . . her sharp observations and lyrical prose make for a poignant read. While that island crime is in many ways the book's centerpiece, much of the enjoyment of this finely woven novel comes from the small fault lines that appear over time in one family's foundation.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“This is the sort of novel for which it's best not to give too much plot away—Klaussmann has a fine way of building up tension, leaving gaps that the reader must fill with speculation until the truth is revealed at the moment that provides most dramatic satisfaction.”
The Guardian (UK)

“[Klaussmann’s] ... sharp observations and lyrical prose make for a poignant read. While that island crime is in many ways the book's centerpiece, much of the enjoyment of this finely woven novel comes from the small fault lines that appear over time in one family's foundation.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Skillfully told from five characters' divergent points of view, this satisfying saga by a great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville is about loneliness, the end of innocence, and people so closed off that they fantasize about cracking each other open, like a nut or a crab, to find out what was going on inside."
—USA Today

“As each new narrator moves into position—and, believe me, they just get better and better—the story of this glittering family takes another turn, revolving slowly but with devastating sureness towards a breathtaking finale. Even to name the narrators would be to give the game away, so I won’t. But if you’re looking for a great summer read, look no further.”
Irish Times

“Ms. Klaussmann's strongest suit is the cut-glass quality of her prose, which presents the characters' perceptions in bold contours while still suggesting their emotional fragility.”
The Wall Street Journal
 
“. . . her sharp observations and lyrical prose make for a poignant read. While that island crime is in many ways the book's centerpiece, much of the enjoyment of this finely woven novel comes from the small fault lines that appear over time in one family's foundation.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Postwar marriage and motherhood are more complicated than two cousins expected in Klaussmann’s smart, unsettling debut.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“Klaussmann has the kind of CV that could easily make other writers jealous: The great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville, she filed dispatches to America about film and TV from Paris before sparking an eight-publisher auction for her debut novel, set in Martha’s Vineyard, where she spends her summers. The book, set from the ’40s to the ’60s, explores the dark side of privilege, stirring elements of the noir into a New England old-money setting. And to ratchet up the envy, its narrative, told from five points of view, is deftly written indeed.”
National Post

“I recommend an absolutely brilliant debut novel . . . called Tigers In Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann. For a first book it's astonishingly accomplished. . . . The young author . . . is a worthy successor to Fitzgerald. I predict great things for her.”
The Express (UK)

“Shot through with glamour and the glint of family secrets, Tigers In Red Weather has you immediately in its clutches. Intensely evocative, it is by turns unbearably febrile and utterly chilling, and often both at once.”
—Megan Abbott, author of The End of Everything and Dare Me

"With sultry prose and a sure hand for suspense, Liza Klaussmann expertly weaves a vivid tale of glamour and despair, fidelity and betrayal, secrets and abandon.  Tigers in Red Weather will have you furiously postponing all human interaction until its gripping finale." 
—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette
 
“With palpable tension and spot-on sensual detail, Liza Klaussmann shows us a family in the exacting wake of the Second World War. Marvelously plotted and deliciously sophisticated, this is a book I’ll be raving about for a good long while!”
—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

“[A] sizzling debut. . . . A deft novel, it conjures up the magic and melancholy of post-war American life. If Richard Yates had penned a beach-bag read, this might have been it.”
The Independent

“Along with a particularly evocative title and cover, this book has a red-hot plot….Don’t miss.”
Library Journal

“The novel you should be tucking into your beach bag this summer is Klaussmann's excellent Tigers In Red Weather ... Flipping back and forth across a couple of decades, it gracefully tracks the currents souring the intoxicating cocktail of money, sex, heat, boredom and beauty that constitutes the lives of the wealthy on Martha's Vineyard following World War II.”
—Metro (UK)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1070 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HH3CRC
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
78 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Must Be Missing Something July 23, 2012
By Jayne
Format:Hardcover
I am way off what the other reviewers are saying about this book. It's one of the few books I've read this year that I thoroughly disliked - the writing, the story, the characters, everything. To be fair, I listened to it on Audible, so I suppose it could be the way it's performed, but I don't really think so. I didn't experience any lyrical writing. I didn't encounter anything dark and brooding. I for sure got no whiff of the likes of Fitzgerald, unless you count the fact that the female lead is awkwardly named Nick, and her daughter is named Daisy. And that right there ought to tell you a little something about how hackneyed this book can be.

I've read some really wonderful books this year - Beautiful Ruins, The O'Briens, and Arcadia are three I can think of right off the top of my head. Tigers in Red Weather can't even stand in the same room with them. Makes me wonder what I'm missing that everyone else seems to be loving about this book...?
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Character Focussed Summer Read July 14, 2012
By Ethan
Format:Hardcover
Nick and her cousin, Helena, are two women searching for their place in the world. With the Second World War drawing two a close, both women find themselves ready to take on the rest of their lives. In author Liza Klaussmann's debut novel, "Tigers in Red Weather", readers are provided with the strong characterization of an intriguing family.

Nick and her husband Hughes are finding it difficult to adjust to domestic life after the end of the war. They live in a small, Florida cottage where the repetition of their daily routines is taking a toll on them. Hughes follows the role that most men of the era do, consistently attending work to provide for his family. Nick, never much of a cook, finds it difficult to complete her daily tasks, and longs for something more.

Meanwhile, her cousin Helena is starting her new life by marrying a Hollywood producer. After the unfortunate death of her first husband, who lost his life in the war, Helena finally seems to be on the path to her dream life. Unfortunately, the lights of her Hollywood marriage are not as bright as she thought. Her husband seems interested in only using her family's money to fund his ill-fated project.

Fast-forward ten years, and both Nick and Helena are mothers to Daisy and Ed respectively. The two women, along with their children and Hughes, are spending the summer at the family's coastal property, The Tiger House. Despite their age, both women long for a more interesting life. When Daisy and Ed stumble upon the brutally murdered corpse of a maid, the facade of happiness that the entire family has built begins to come crashing down.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing July 19, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I picked this up after reading in Elle Magazine that it had been a readers' favorite. I guess I have different taste than most of other people who read Elle, because I was incredibly disappointed in this book. I found it to be poorly written, poorly developed, full of overwrought language and riddled with painfully cliched dialogue. I found the characters inconsistently portrayed - Nick is sometimes very concerned with what people think and overly concerned about doing what is proper; at other times she is intent on scandalizing her neighbors or seducing a musician at a party. Helena and Nick were supposed to have enjoyed a loving and close relationship - but no evidence of that is ever demonstrated. No character felt remotely believable to me, nor were any of their relationships convincing. And some of the dialogue, particularly that between the children, was stilted and very poorly written.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read July 17, 2012
By AnneB
Format:Hardcover
This is a really interesting book. I liked how the story was told through five different points of view, it gave a more complete view of what happened in all five lives. Each character was well developed and interesting, I did not find one to be boring. The character I found most interesting was Nick, she is not the most likable but she is the most complex by far. Her coldness, her strong personality, her unique beauty, and her inner fragility made for a fascinating person to read about.

The book does involve a murder but it is really the individual characters that move the story along. The murder was really just a side story for me, I was much more interested in what was going on in the five peoples lives.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes character driven books or to someone interested in reading about life in New England among the rich after WWII. It is a fascinating look at how the wealthy spent their summers drinking, boating, and having a good time. It is at times a heartbreaking look at marriage, family, and how it is possible to hate the ones we love. It is a well written, original book that I enjoyed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That Red Bathing Suit... July 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Tigers In Red Weather
by
Lisa Klaussman

My " in a nutshell" summary...

The lives of two cousins and their families immediately after WWII. Everyone is just a tad bit dysfunctional.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Rationing, living without your husband, waiting for the war to end so life can be normal again...that is part of what this book is about. But it is also about the confused and damaged relationships that all of these people have. Nick and Helena, cousins, married to Hughes and Avery. Daisy, Nick's daughter and Ed, Helena's son...cousins who see each other every summer at their family's summer home. Nick...who appears to have everything while Helena feels cheated. Hughes harbors secrets. Ed has secrets. Nick has secrets.
Avery...again...weird secrets. Helena...blots out life with pills.
Lots of puzzling characters...
Whew...

This book is not a relaxing beach read but is rather an intense, chilling, well written mystery. Sort of hovering around everything is the dead body found by Daisy and Avery the summer before they turned 13.

What I loved about this book...

I loved the images that stayed in my head about that era. Tomato aspic, fine china, grandmother's linens. Secret lemonade recipes and sundresses and dish towels hanging on a door. Parties in the summer with bands and white dinner jackets...champagne and gin and tonics and lots of under currents running through conversations because people never really said what they thought. I loved the secrets. Everyone had at least one...or two.

What I did not love...

Hmmm...tomato aspic? What is that? It sounds horrible. And...there were lots of unappealing characters...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read!
Published 18 days ago by Gail Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable character study
Very well written. I enjoyed having the story evolve from the point of view of different characters.
Published 19 days ago by Deeds
2.0 out of 5 stars ... and I both read this book and were equally disappointed. The story...
My mother and I both read this book and were equally disappointed. The story was disjointed and for the most part the characters were unlikeable. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars The Family That Put The Fun In Dysfunction!!
After a slow start this book , all of a sudden , grabbed my interest & kept me there. It's my first time reading a Klaussman novel. But it's not the last. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Miss Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars GROWING UP AND GETTING IT TOGETHER (WITH A LITTLE MYSTERY THROWN IN)
Fascinating read that covers a good deal of several people's lives, growing up together. I wasn't sure when I started the book, but it really grabs your interest within a few... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret M. Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
This book was not what I was expecting after reading e first couple of chapters. It captured my attention and made me keep reading.
Published 1 month ago by Carmen
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Interesting
Helena and Nick have grown up together in Tiger House. But after the war, they are leaving for different cities with their husbands. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Megan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting
Published 1 month ago by Lesley Beamish
3.0 out of 5 stars Like another reviewer
Like another reviewer, I didn't see the similarity to Fitzgerald. If anything, the approach is more Faulkernian--the reader gets little pieces of the larger story from different... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Encie
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Quick and fun read..loved it really!
Published 1 month ago by Kay Fauser
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