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Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
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Jul 23, 12

Read from July 21 to 23, 2012

Tigers In Red Weather
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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...I loved reading about them but I would not ever want to be around them...especially Ed.  He is totally creepy and the way he likes "handling" small animals is weird...very weird.

Should you read this book?

If any of my thoughts appeal to you...yes...you should.  Complex characters and a provocative storyline made me absolutely enamored with this book.  The setting was lovely...the era was lovely...that time must have been difficult to live in.  People just didn't say things...they hid them...their thoughts. 
And Ed's story...the last part of this book...absolutely breathtaking.
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Patty Thanks, Heather!!!


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