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Tigers in Red Weather

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  10,505 ratings  ·  1,582 reviews
Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summers at Tiger House, the glorious old family estate on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As World War II ends they are on the cusp of adulthood, the world seeming to offer itself up to them. Helena is leaving for Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is to be reunited with her young husband Hughes, due to retur ...more
Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published July 29th 2012 by Picador (first published 2012)
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I really wanted to like this book. The book jacket compares its contents to the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Patricia Highsmith, two writers whom I adore (and a mash-up made in heaven). I also live in Cambridge and pass many of the same streets as the book's protagonists.

However, I found most of the plot tedious and boring. The first four parts of the novel (told by Nick, Daisy, Helena, and Hughes) are mostly one-dimesional character sketches with flat dialogue and banal prose (Really, h
Wow...what a debut! Somehow this book manages to exist as both beach-read and book-club material. The plot is riveting, which makes the book hard to put down, but it is the superb character portraits that kept me reading long into the night. The narrative technique used is very effective, and the author succeeds in creating multi-dimensional and fascinating characters whose inner lives are revealed in tiny bits until the picture is complete. Each of the five sections is narrated by a different c ...more
I just need to stop reading historical fiction. Like right now. But I keep trying, like the little kid who keeps reaching for the electric burner, even though he’s bound to burn himself for the thirteenth time and once again lose several layers of skin in the process, or like the woman who just can’t stop dating that man-child with the six-pack abs and commitment issues and the Mickey Mouse voice, because damn it she can bounce quarters off his belly button, and that ought to be worth a few more ...more
Silly me, I scanned the reviews of this book and came away with the impression it would be a light beach read about a pair of cousins after World War II, their children, a little bit historical fiction and family drama and intergenerational perspective, something similar to J. Courtney Sullivan's Maine.

I was wrong.

Nick and Helena are two cousins, close in age, who go their separate ways after World War II comes to a close. Nick to be reunited with her husband Hughes, who is distant after his re
Michelle Cristiani
Maybe I spend too much time here on goodreads, but as I read a book I imagine how I will rate it, and what my review will sound like. My rating of this story - about a family on Martha's Vineyard and the secrets they disclose over a few decades - ranged from 1-4 stars at any given time, and I settled on 2 just because goodreads calls that 'it was ok,' and that's pretty much how I feel about it. It kept me guessing (plus) but left me with a lot of question marks upon finishing (minus).

There aren'
4.5 stars, rounding up to 5. I don’t give too many 5 stars, and certainly not two in a row, but I seem to be on a roll.

Granted, this has all the things I love about good summer fiction. Historical, sprawling beach manse, family secrets. Throw in a nod to The Great Gatsby and I was sold. I’m surprised by the relatively lackluster ratings on Good Reads because I thoroughly enjoyed this start to finish. In this we have cousins Helena and Nick (Nick is a girl; but get it? A nod to Gatsby, also her d
This book is all over the place. I seriously can't read anymore.
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It's a good and fast read, one step above a beach read. I have a couple comments.

The first half of the book I was sure this was going to end up being a 4 star but somehow, Klaussman decided to decelerate the plot halfway through. The first 3 characters' chapters were very much building momentum and it really propelled me forward but then on the 4th chapter I found myself losing interest... I really think she should have done the order differently, to create that sense of build up that I enjoyed
Tigers in Red Weather is a great beach read - intriguing, fast paced, dramatic. I liked that each section was narrated by a different character over the 20 or so years that the story took place so they filled in missing information from the other characters' narratives. The novel started off strong and ended strong but there was a lag in the middle (specifically in Hughes section). I also felt like I wish some of the characters had been developed more (Avery) or less attention had been devoted t ...more
This story, which jumps around time periods ranging from 1945 to 1969, follows Nick and her cousin Helena, their husbands, children Daisy and Ed, and a variety of other Martha's Vineyard residents. It has everything: murder, secrets, betrayal, regret, longing and lust. It is a great summer read about hot summer nights, gin drunk from jelly jars, and sneaking around in the shadows. This debut novel by Herman Melville's great great great granddaughter is told from 5 different perspectives. The sto ...more
What a waste of time!! Definitely chick-lit is not my cup of tea.
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Tigers in Red Weather is a unforgettable novel of life with all its complexity and mystery. Nick and her cousin Helena grow up together in Tiger house an old family estate on an island. As they grew the world changed with them; World War II has ended and it felt like a world of possibilities. Helena leaves for Hollywood and Nick reunites with her husband after serving in the war, but everything has changed and on
Maybe I'm just tired of drunk rich people.
Man, now I'm sad.
I was really enjoying this book for the first three parts but then the last two parts sunk it for me.

See, from where I'm sitting (and listening), the first three voices wove together a story about women, specifically how women relate to each other in relating to the first woman introduced, Nick. Nick is the showboat, the flaunty one, the one who loves attention, the one who hates responsibility, etc. Her best friend is her cousin, Helen, and they adore each other only Helen actu
Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
I waffled for a long time in deciding whether to pony up the $12.99 for this ebook. On the one hand, I was powerfully drawn to that killer title. On the other, I knew from the blurb that a) it's about rich people in angst, and b) two of the characters are named Nick and Daisy. Ooooh-kay. So Liza Klaussmann thinks she's F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's a dangerous thing for a writer to make such an obvious comparison between her own work -- especially a debut novel -- and such an important literary work ...more
Looking to read something completely different? Try Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann. This novel is sure to surprise and in never quite what the reader expects it to be. The novel opens by introducing readers to cousins Nick and Helena when they are young twenty-something brides at the end of World War II. Nick, not exactly beautiful but with a lust for life and excitement is set to travel to Florida to meet her husband Hughes, who has been serving in the Navy. Helena, more beautiful but ...more
In summary, I feel a good novel is one in which the story is told well, the details are linked properly and in a clever way and the human psyche is often observed in a way that evokes emotion or thought even after the book is over - this is the reason for my better than average rating. The characters are not likable and while reading the book there are annoyances that make you want to give it one star, but something keeps you going. The gem of this book is the lesson in perception, the way the s ...more
I purchased the hardcover of this book based on a friend's glowing review, thinking I'd pass it along to my mom after I read it. I'm so glad I didn't wait for the paperback or read the e-book because I know this book will get lots of mileage among my mom's friends after she reads it. It's just the kind of book you want to pass around and discuss after reading! It would be a great book club read (if only I had a book club...)

This is a story of family dynamics and relationships spanning a couple
Angie Andrewes
I'm going to be honest here, and reveal to the world exactly how shallow I am when it comes to books. We all say, 'Never judge a book by its cover', but really, let's face it, we all do! I, for one, had heard absolutely nothing about this book and picked it up only for its gorgeous cover image (Australian cover, that is) of a classic 1940s/50s pinup stretched out on a boardwalk in a vibrant yellow bathing suit, pouting with her perfectly-shaped, red lips. It's a stunner, check it out. Having pic ...more
The title of this book did not give me much of an indication of what would be between the covers. I was very pleasantly surprised to find an author who is able to portray her characters with such realism and unpredictability. The story line jumps back and forth in time, from 1959 to the late 60's, but that flows pretty well. Nick (female) seems to be the main character, but this novel is told from five different points of view. Somehow, to me, she seemed to be the strongest one. They all were ve ...more
2.5 stars. This was a different one and I have a lot of different feelings about it.

This intriguing story starts at the end of WWII and is written in 5 sections each of which re-canvas the same rough 20 years from 5 different perspectives. Each segment reveals more about what's really going on for these people living privileged lives in Martha's Vineyard.

The writing is sultry and sensual and overall really well done. There's two times when the style shifts and feels awkward and that's with the t
Christy B
Tigers in Red Weather is the story of one New England family told from the point-of-view of five family members over the course of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Instead of going back and forth between family members, the book is separated into five sections: one section for each family member. Doing it that way, we're constantly going back to a year in which we've already seen from another family member. We're constantly jumping from year to year, years that take place over three decades. It's the story
I found it quite difficult to rate this book, as my opinion of it changed continuously throughout the course of reading it. Told from the viewpoint of five different characters, and switching back and forth in time from 1945 to 1969, this novel explores the intricacies of human relationships and their consequences.

The story opens with a narrative told in the third person from the viewpoint of Nick, a strong independent young woman who is looking forward to her husband Hughes returning to her fro
TIGERS IN RED WEATHER is a finely tuned domestic drama that has the added intrigue of a small community murder. Told from multiple points of view, the interesting and heartbreaking story spans the period post world war II and some events during by which rationing and wartime romance are topics.

From 1944 through to 1969, the period piece provides a glimpse into the lives of a pair of cousins stemming from earlier memories at the Tiger house estate as youngsters themselves through to marriage and
This is not the worst book I've read - I wouldn't want to give it that accolade. The dialogue is monotonous - 'can I get you a martini', 'yes, I'd love that', 'a dash of something?' and so on. There is hardly a scene in the book when someone isn't drinking alcohol, in itself tedious, as if the author could think of nothing else that people do when congregating. The characters are inconsistent - four of them are tinged with insanity, Nick, Helena, Ed and Avery as if this touch of weirdness added ...more
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What I really enjoyed about Liza Klaussmann's Tigers in Red Weather was that it is one of those rare books that actually manage to get you thinking on the turmoils that blaze under everyone's polite demeanor without making you feel tacky or as if you were experiencing a wave of pot-induced existentialism.

Character-wise it reminds me of J.K. Rowling's Casual Vacancy, because although there's not one character I could pick out of the bunch to be the "hero" of the story, I still managed to like or
There is something not quite right about most of the characters in this novel, and that's largely what makes it so compelling. The eerie quality and the multiple genres it encompasses (is it a family saga? Mystery? Romance?) elevate it from a typical beach read. Klaussmann did an excellent job with the familiar but always interesting device of revealing secrets bit by bit through different perspectives. Very impressive for a first novel, and an author I'll be sure to keep an eye on in the future ...more

I received this book through a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book. It completely had me engrossed from the very beginning till the end. Told through five viewpoints throughout the 40's to the 60's, the prose was written smoothly that I never lost interest. I actually liked reading the various viewpoints and how each one had a different perception. It's a story of love, deceit, suspense, sadness, family secrets, and the damage one can do to each other
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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 H ...more
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