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Tigers in Red Weather

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  14,667 ratings  ·  1,899 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 389 pages
Published 2013 by Picador (first published July 17th 2012)
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I really, really, 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.

I loved the atmosphere (and the period details) of the novel but found the plot somewhat tedious and boring. The first four sections (told by Nick, Daisy, Helena, and Hughes, respectively) are mostly one-
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
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
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane S ☔
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an impressive first novel. Starts out rather innocently as two close cousins are on a train, post World War II, both going to begin new lives. The atmosphere of the novel is wonderful, I felt fully immersed in this time period and in their lives as well. The tension of the novel builds as more and more facts are related about the characters lives. Narrated by the five main characters, we soon realize their is much more to this story than the innocent beginning would have one believe. Soon t ...more
What a waste of time!! Definitely chick-lit is not my cup of tea.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devastating, heartbreaking - could not put it down sort of read!
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
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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
Aug 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jane by: TLA ARC
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
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-2015
I would say this novel was between 3 & 4 stars for me. I ended up giving it the 4 stars because it kept me engaged, and even though the characters weren't that likeable I wanted to know what happened to each of them. Usually when I can't find one character who is worthy I will give up on a read or at least feel let down by the novel, like Franzen's 'Freedom'. That being said, maybe there wasn't a particularly worthy character within the novel, but each one, except maybe Helena, had reasons for t ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"Everybody wants pretend they're different, but we're not. We're all the same."

A compelling novel with a bewitching cover. I am watching the cover again and again and I can't decide whether it is Nick or Helena and what her eyes are telling me. I am really fascinated by this picture.

Or maybe she knew their marriage better; she was beginning to learn that the two weren't the same thing.

The narration, the story was simply beautiful, captivating, poignant. Humans (characters) were humans. Liza Klau
Ron Charles
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title “Tigers in Red Weather” suggests a whole lot more teeth and claws than we actually see in Liza Klaussmann’s fine and subtle first novel. But the phrase comes from a Wallace Stevens poem, “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock,” that gets the tone of this psychological drama just right. Klaussmann’s characters are early risers who feel pretty well disillusioned long before 10 o’clock. She’s written an elegant playbook on passive aggression, a study of the desires and resentments that burn away ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tigers in Red Weather begins on the east coast of America in September 1945, just after the end of the Second World War. Cousins Nick and Helena have grown up spending a long spring of summers at Tiger House, the family’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard, a place which both women hold fondly in their memories.

At the outset of the novel, we meet Nick and Helena, ‘wearing their slips and drinking gin neat out of old jelly jars’ in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Helena is about to get married for the second
Angela Elizabeth
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read_2013
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
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Cousins Nick and Helena grew up spending idyllic summers at Tiger House, the family’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard. As World War 2 ends, the two young women are about to begin their “real” lives – Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage to producer Avery Lewis, while Nick travels to Florida to reunite with her husband Hughes Derringer, home from the war. But reality doesn’t meet their expectations. Twelve years later, the cousins – along with their child
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that’s been on my “secondary to-read list” for a long time and, by that, I mean the mental list of to-reads you don’t actually post online. I think its lackluster rating deterred me from reading it sooner. I’m so glad I decided it was worth a read. What finally made me buy this book was Heller McAlpin’s description from USA Today: “With echoes of Nancy Drew murder mysteries and The Great Gatsby that extend well beyond the names Nick and Daisy ... Tigers in Red Weather ...more
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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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