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Liza Klaussmann
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9 May 2013
The SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BEST-SELLER, for fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144721207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447212072
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

‘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

‘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

'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

‘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 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

'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

'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

‘Tragedy, betrayal and passion . . . A riveting, intelligent read’ Stylist

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Liza Klaussmann's Tigers in Red Weather tells the story of Nick and her cousin Helena who have grown up together, sharing long hot summers at Tiger House. With husbands and children of their own, they keep returning. But against a background of parties, cocktails, moonlight and jazz, how long can perfection last? There is always the summer that changes everything. Tigers in Red Weather is a delicious novel, a book that simmers with tension, threat and an intoxicating cocktail of money, sex, heat, boredom and beauty. Gracefully drawn and utterly intriguing, it's the perfect summer blockbuster.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody wins. 13 May 2013
By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Tiger burns bright 7 Oct 2012
By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a cat dozing in the sun than a Tiger 18 April 2013
By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 3 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Tigers in Red Weather is a definite cut above the usual beach holiday read - which I expected it to be. It starts off with the potentially glamorous marriage of Nick and Hughes, full of wonderful details about American life just after the 2nd World War. Whoever makes Tomato Aspic nowadays ? but it plays a big part in signifying the way in which this marriage is sliding into disappointment (shades of the wonderful Revolutionary Road).
Then suddenly there is a twist, the point of view changes, there is a grisly murder amongst the gin soaked holiday makers on Long Island and we are off on a well plotted and pacey murder mystery. There are enjoyable Mad Men or Desperate Housewives aspects to this book, and I loved the descriptions of clothes, food, homes and the prickly social mores of the time.
The book is told in total by 5 different characters, an approach that reminded me of another favourite book A Visit from the Goon Squad. This gives it an extra edge as you know that what you were told by one narrator could be turned on its head by the next one. The other thing that gets this to 5 stars for me is Lisa Klaussmann's style - she writes very well, with a good mix of journalistic brevity to convey the plot, and convincing descriptions , sometimes poetic, that really convey the times and emotions of her characters. It would make a great film!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not literature. Predictable and leaves you feeling dirty.
I read the whole book, but struggled to retain interest. It struck me as a little gratuitous in the unpleasant characters. Did I really want to spend my time reading about this. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by drrobc
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Must!
Just finished my second read of this. Fantastic summer/vacation read. Transports you back to the glamour of the 40/50/60s but also has a grim storyline to keep you hooked.
Published 4 days ago by Lauren Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. Very engaging and absorbing read.
The characters are easy to identify with and the plot line easy to follow.
Great read for the summer.
Published 7 days ago by J. Leckie
2.0 out of 5 stars Have another drink
A disappointing book. The main adult characters seem to do a lot of drinking and not much else that seems remotely interesting.
Published 19 days ago by C J A Mardell
1.0 out of 5 stars tigers in red weather
Very poor. Disjointed, fairly dull and complete lack of plot. Much of the book bore no relevance to the rest of the text. Would not recommend.
Published 20 days ago by Alison clipston
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly written book that creeps up on you until you can't put...
Excellent characters, many parallels to Great Gatsby, and excellent one liners 'she was the lightbulb and everyone else were the moths'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cramlington Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
good story - first section makes more sense omce second section started.worth reading, different style.- what else is there to say!
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I kept seeing posters of this book when flying in and out of Gatwick last year but I immediately distrust any book which receives so much advertisement (and comparisons to FSF). Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, lovely descriptive scenery
I really enjoyed reading Tigers in Red Weather and literally devoured it in more or less two sittings. Read more
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This novel deserves the full star count; it is a fantastic piece of literature. The setting is claustrophobic and steamy, appropriate for the summer and character perspectives are... Read more
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