Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
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The plot and pacing are expertly managed: though the story darts back and forth over two decades, hops between east coast, west coast and wartime London, and is told from the point of view of five people, the reader never feels lost.
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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.
 

About Liza Klaussmann

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Liza Klaussmann worked as a journalist for the New York Times for over a decade. She received a BA in Creative Writing from Barnard College, where she was awarded the Howard M. Teichman Prize for Prose. She lived in Paris for ten years and she recently completed with distinction an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, in London, where she lives. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 397 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Anna Baddeley on Aug 18 2012

The plot and pacing are expertly managed: though the story darts back and forth over two decades, hops between east coast, west coast and wartime London, and is told from the point of view of five people, the reader never feels lost.

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Reviewed by Kamila Shamsie on Aug 08 2012

You are on familiar but never stale territory, and you read on with the growing conviction that a nasty surprise lies around the corner.

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Below average
Reviewed by Sam Sacks on Jul 20 2012

Diminishing the power of the writing, however, are the underdeveloped murder mystery and numerous baby-boom-era clichés.

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