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Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
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Sep 13, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: pop-lit

I'll be honest that I was a bit of a dummy in how I chose to read this book:

Engaging title? check!
Pretty cover? check!
Post-WWII setting? check!

It turned out to include a lot more psychological drama, unsavory events, and slightly disturbed and damaged characters than I thought I was getting into, but it is well written with events being told from five different point of view, overlapping and expanding upon one another. While I struggle to "love!" books in which I don't love any of the characters, Klaussmann does a good job creating complex, nuanced, and layered characters -- who in the end all just want to be loved, even if they go about it the wrong way.

The story ends up spanning nearly 30 years and thus at times felt a little strung out. It definitely picks up pace in the latter third of the book and I ended up liking it more once I'd finished the book than early on in the reading of it. For a debut novel it is definitely incredible work.
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