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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447212053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447212058
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Summers are made for novels like Liza Klaussmann's debut, a sophisticated page-turner, where danger and pain throb in every tight-lipped silence, every casually cruel remark, every misinterpreted gesture . . . Hemingway['s] influence is apparent in the simplicity of her language and observations . . . I read it the first time in one sitting, and envy anyone about to start it, with that delicious pleasure ahead of them.' Sunday Telegraph

'Shot through with glamour and the glint of family secrets, Tigers in Red Weather has you immediately in its clutches. Intensely evocative, it is by turns unbearably febrile and utterly chilling, and often both at once.' Megan Abbott, author of The End of Everything and Dare Me

'With palpable tension and spot-on sensual detail, Liza Klaussmann shows us a family in the exacting wake of the Second World War. Marvelously plotted and deliciously sophisticated, this is a book I'll be raving about for a good while!' Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

'It’s hard to know where to start a review of this startling debut novel because Tigers in Red Weather is absolutely packed with plot . . . anybody who enjoys Mad Men will almost certainly like this book . . . heady, page-turning stuff — the intelligent beach read of the summer.' Sunday Times

‘What an unexpectedly brilliant read this is. It starts off all Stepford Wives and Valley of the Dolls and ends up somewhere in the territory of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides or Donna Tartt's The Secret History . . . This is an ambitious undertaking for a first novel but Klaussmann really pulls it off, turning an elegant period piece into a creepy psychological thriller . . . A wonderfully clever, chilling summer read.’ Independent on Sunday

'With sultry prose and a sure hand for suspense, Liza Klaussmann expertly weaves a vivid tale of glamour and despair, fidelity and betrayal, secrets and abandon. Tigers in Red Weather will have you furiously postponing all human interaction until its gripping finale.' Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

‘Postwar America, beautiful and damaged people, secrets and lies and passions and martinis and the smell of something rotting beneath the fragrance of summer . . . an immensely gripping and well-told tale of two generations . . . It is part of the considerable pleasure of this novel that much of it reminds you of other stories, in prose and film. You are on familiar but never stale territory, and you read on with the growing conviction that a nasty surprise lies around the corner.’ Guardian

‘A scintillating look at a gilded but dysfunctional family grappling with lies, secrets and conspiracies . . . The voices of the five main characters ramp up the tension with languorously graceful prose, perfectly mirroring the book's long, dangerous summers.’ Marie Claire

The island holiday home of a wealthy family in post-war America is the setting for a shimmering debut novel of passion and violence. (Best Books of 2013 Sunday Times)

'Two things set this enjoyably creepy book apart from your average beach read. The plot and pacing are expertly managed . . . But the real selling point is the writing, which is minimalist and evocative at the same time.' Observer

‘The novel you should be tucking into your beach bag this summer is Klaussmann’s excellent Tigers In Red Weather . . . Flipping back and forth across a couple of decades, it gracefully tracks the currents souring the intoxicating cocktail of money, sex, heat, boredom and beauty that constitutes the lives of the wealthy on Martha’s Vineyard following World War II. With a conscious nod to F Scott Fitzgerald, it’s a clever, sensual thriller that combines a smidgen of Klaussmann’s family history with a clear-eyed perspective on the multi-faceted nature of families and the emotional duplicity of the rich.’ Metro

'Tigers in Red Weather yokes literary craftmanship to a strong, engaging plot . . . The stakes are raised with artful subtlety over the course of the novel . . . The final sequence, told by a relative outsider, is impressively disquieting and concludes this arresting debut with a flourish of ventriloquism’ Literary Review

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By blanch451 on 9 April 2014
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I have never read a book so fast as this , what you at first think is a trashy holiday book turns out to be much more intense. i found myself rushing to get to the end, to put all the pieces together to figure out the grim truth, even after reading the novel, little bits of information would occur to me from reading between the lines that made the centre plot even more gripping.

a fascinating and well written book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 April 2013
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The Tigers is the name of a house on the East Coast of America.... playground of the wealthy. The novel revolves around the goings on of the families of two cousins, Nick and Helena, and is broken up into five sections, each one dealing with a member of the two families. It also hops back and forth between two decades within each section, so is, at times, a little confusing. None of the characters has anything meaningful to say or do as they move through their privileged lives from one tennis match to another, through dinner parties and drinks on the terrace. It's all very superficial and shallow; having said that, this is the reality of some members of present day society. One thing I did find irritatng is they way Helena addresses people as "Dearest" or "Dearest lamb"....it just didn't sit right. The weather is always beautiful....no rain or wind.... so presumably this is the "Red Weather" of the title. There is an underlying tension to all this, but there are no great surprises, and the actual ending is more of a fizzle than a bang.

The book is described as a "simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence" leading the would-be reader to expect much more than we actually got. I'm afraid the passion must have passed me by as I didn't notice it. Yes, it's readable in that lazy, sunny day deckchair kind of way, but there is nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering here.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By tallpete33 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2012
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An eye-catching cover can do a lot for a book and so it proved with this one but it was also a spat between readers in the amazon reviews which drew me to this one. As it had obviously polarised the opinions of those involved I thought I'd see for myself what all the fuss was about...

The opening was inauspicious to be honest centring on the intoxicating but selfish and beguiling Nick adapting to her post-war marriage and trying to find ways to keep amused whilst her husband worked. This generally involved alcohol and flirting, a very unhidden talent of hers. Dryer than a James Bond Martini, this is a slow burner that gradually picked up the pace but whilst it didn't reach more than a slow canter it intrigued more and more as it progressed.

The next four sections are given over to other family members - her long-suffering husband, Hughes who turned out to be quite the dark horse and her daughter Daisy, the flower living forever in the shade of her mother. They would holiday every summer at Tiger House, a family residence with Nick's cousin Helena, married to Avery the wannabee film producer and her son Ed the reserved but slightly sinister son with a penchant for stalking and mischief.

The book is fantastically written, the seeds are sown with the introduction to Nick but then scattered as the other family members come into play and the same scenes are viewed from different angles - and attitudes. Hughes has to endure other men gathering around his wife like moths to a flame whilst Helena becomes more and more resentful towards Nick as her own marriage crumbles and she seeks solace in the pill or whisky bottle. Tennis fanatic Daisy is the weakest link if anything but her aunt and cousin are very protective of her, Ed perhaps too much so...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart C. on 28 Aug. 2013
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The book is largely set in the 1950s and 1960s so feels very like the film Revolutionary Road in terms of period and US young families. The setting revolves around Tiger House on Martha's Vineyard (though the island's name is never mentioned) despite important scenes tacking place in London, Florida and Cambridge, Mass. The centre of attention is Nick Derringer and her cousin Helena and their respective husbands Hughes and Avery, and children Daisy and Ed; well, Avery is talked about a lot but rarely seen by the reader and is the only one of the six without their own section. All the narration is third person except for Ed at the end where it is apparent he can no longer speak so first person is used.
This is one of those novels with not only multiple viewpoints but a time line that jumps around between 1945 and 1969. Whilst a structure where the plot moves forward but with flashbacks is OK, this time travel back and forth is difficult for the reader - I had to refer back a lot and missed certain points.
Characterisation is very good and the narrators are fairly reliable - they just don't communicate well and therefore don't get to see what is happening in front of them. The Derringer family all have multi-coloured layers but Helena's family are much blacker - a brooding alcoholic, the sinister Ed and the deranged Avery.
The plot also moves along nicely - except that the reader has to work hard to establish it all. All in all an interesting and atmospheric read.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 May 2013
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I am not a fan of describing a plot of the book in the review (for which there is a synopsis), but if I were to describe it, I would have faced some difficulties. It is hard to pinpoint what is this book. It's not necessarily a love story, it's not the most exciting thriller or a journey into the psyche of a maniac, it's not even a saga of one big family. But "Tigers in Red Weather" is nevertheless a good solid read.

There are five characters, and five of them make this book sizzle and work on you, and build up and make the book a page-turner. Post-war America (somewhat a sixth character, always there) is beautifully and eloquently described, my mouth was watering at both desciptions of meals cooked by Nick and descriptions of sizzling hot summer evenings on the East Coast. There is a certain charming, almost hypnotising setting to the whole events-packed story.

"Tigers in Red Weather" is well structured and Liza Klaussmann knows her characters. She distinctly voices completely different players to the setting, they are all different, they are all alive on the pages of the story devoted to them.

But to be totally honest, overall, even though I devoured this book literally within one Saturday, I found it to be a bit weak on the conclusion. The one chapter that was saved to the end, the one that were to really grab you and answer all the questions left me a bit disappointed. But, as I mentioned before, the book is not a thriller or a study on the development of a criminal mind. And I don't think Ms Klaussmann's aim was to write some serious study on the family workings or on parents - children relationships. But she certainly enjoyed writing the book - and I certainly enjoyed reading it. Everybody wins.
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