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This review is from: Tigers in Red Weather (Hardcover)
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. Sometimes that is all there is to the literally craft (and in my humble opinion, this book is very well crafted!).
Another star goes here for creating such a bitter sweet relationship between Nick and her husband Hughes. I could literally feel their pain and frustrtaion; their badly timed desires for each other were palpable.
A good read.