Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
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Nick and her cousin, Helena, grew up sharing sultry summers on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate called Tiger House. Following World War II, Helena goes off to Hollywood and a new marriage while Nick reunites with a young husband home from war. Back at Tiger House with their children on the brink of the 1960s, the cousins try to recapture that sense of possibility -- but the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel.
 

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: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction

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Passive-aggressive Helena, instead of dumping Avery, blames all her problems on the admittedly bossy Nick and encourages creepily detached Ed to resent Nick too.

Jun 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel

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Just when a tide of gin and jazz threatens to sweep you away, a startling image – a woman's pubic hair compared to "a flat vine growing up a trellis", a child describing a mutilated corpse looking "as if someone had taken a cookie-cutter and stamped out her skin" – will throw you back on to the s...

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The Guardian

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(There's a dead body, I will say that.) Too often in novels gaps feel manipulative, but here they are integral to the structure of the novel: relay-style, narration is handed from one character to the next across five sections and a quarter of a century.

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Publishers Weekly

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Meanwhile, Nick and Hughes’s surprisingly well-adjusted daughter, Daisy, is engaged to a man with not so subtle designs on her nearly acquiescent mother, while Ed, Daisy’s childhood confidant and Helena’s creepy son, is hell-bent on ensuring Daisy is treated with respect, no matter what the...

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Examiner

Cousins Nick and Helena grew up sharing sultry, luxurious summers in Nick's lovely family home, Tiger House.

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Book Reporter

TIGERS IN RED WEATHER is the debut novel of Herman Melville’s third great-granddaughter, a work of extraordinary talent by a long-time New York Times journalist.

Jul 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Literature has taught us that affluent WASP families — especially the kind who drink away their feelings and spend seasons on idyllic islands with houses that have their own names — tend to implode in rather spectacular fashion.

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The Telegraph

Klaussmann is the great-great-great-granddaughter of the American novelist Herman Melville, but it’s a different literary icon, Hemingway, whose influence is apparent in the simplicity of her language and observations: “It was a perfect martini and he sat there thinking about that and ab...

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USA Today

He gets an eyeful after following a man who's been carrying on with his family's Portuguese maid behind the tennis courts.With echoes of Nancy Drew murder mysteries and The Great Gatsby that extend well beyond the names Nick and Daisy — plus allusions to Wallace Stevens, to which it owes its ab...

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Independent.ie

As she teams up with her sister for a novel new venture, the TV presenter talks books, boobs and babies with Hannah Stephenson.

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Scotsman.com

Klaussmann begins slowly but inspiringly with Nick’s point of view as she traces the beginning of her married life, her feelings of disappointment at Hughes’s emotional distance, his conventional attitudes, her desire to be something more than his wife.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

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.

Jul 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel

Shots

Nick and Helena had both looked forward to a life of bliss ahead, but as the years pass it doesn’t seem that their lives will turn out that way, especially when in 1959 Daisy, Nick’s daughter, and Helen’s son Ed find a dead body at Tiger House and family secrets begin slowly to unravel.

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Good E-Reader

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Jul 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel

Elle

—Jaime Boler, Laurel, MS Set against the backdrop of post–World War II America, this novel tells of cousins who return to their family’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard one summer in the hope that nostalgia for better times will bring comfort to their disappointing lives.

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California Literary Review

The central portion of the novel takes place in the summer of 1959, when Daisy and Ed now entering adolescence, discover the dead body of a murder victim while staying at Tiger House with Nick and Helena.

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Salty Eggs

Nick and Helena rival each other in their unhappiness—the self-possessed, unconventionally beautiful Nick, silently suffers under the guise of a perfect life, while the blonde pill-popping Helena clings desperately to a pathetic marriage, while also ignoring her son’s sociopathic tendencies.

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