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Tigers in Red Weather

A Novel
Klaussmann, Liza (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Klaussmann, Liza
Title: Tigers in red weather
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 25 cm
Summary: "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"--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780316211321
0316211338
9780316211338
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Statement of Responsibility: Liza Klaussmann
Subject Headings: United States Social life and customs 20th century Fiction Martha's Vineyard (Mass.) Fiction Family secrets Fiction Cousins Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Family secrets
Cousins
LCCN: 2011050204
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Feb 07, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is definitely a cut above stories about love, betrayal and relationships, with a mystery thrown into the mix. I enjoyed it.

Jun 13, 2013
  • ktripson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

And a double shot of Patricia Highsmith mixed in the eloquent prose...

Mar 08, 2013
  • Sunflower19 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was so excited to read this book. I loved everything about it except the ending. I thought it ended too quickly, like she didn't know how to end, so she just stopped.
The beginning and middle, the flashbacks were done beautifully. I really felt like I was there...I didn't want the story to end!

Aug 15, 2012
  • lilylibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There's more than a tip of the hat to F. Scott Fitzgerald in this wonderfully wrought tale of glamour, privilege, boredom, resentments and martinis set in Martha's Vineyard, post WWII. Cousins Nick (this time a woman) and Helene, both lovely in very different ways, are devoted. They live together while waiting for Nick's husband to return from war, and Helene's plans to remarry and move to Hollywood. Their lives couldn't be different--Nick lounging around the kitchen in her swimsuit, simmering from the repression of her affluent, housewifely life while Helene floats through her odd existence in an opium cloud. Their children Daisy and Ed discover a dead body in the beach house and the secrets begin to wash to shore.

I recommend this book be added to the Kindle list of books to be borrowed.

Aug 01, 2012
  • deneler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoy books written from different points of view, blending all together at the end to help give you the full picture. Each character in Tigers in Red Weather was exciting to read and personable. Even if you didn't like the choices they were making, you couldn't help but feel sympathetic.

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