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" (A) smart, unsettling debut... Klaussmann's pitch-perfect portrait of the Derringer marriage gives the novel a strong emotional charge. Their complicated, painfully loving relationship and their mutual tenderness for fresh-faced Daisy ring true....stinging dialogue and sharp insights offer strong foundations on which this novice author can build."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] steamy epic..."-- Dailycandy

"[Klaussmann's] cooked up a deft, nasty plot."--Helen Rogan, "People Magazine"

"Enthralling..."-- O, The Oprah Magazine

"A sultry, pitch-perfect literary thriller..."--Emily Temple, "Flavorpill"

"With echoes of Nancy Drew murder mysteries and The Great Gatsby that extend well beyond the names Nick and Daisy-plus allusions to Wallace Stevens, to which it owes its abstruse title-TIGERS IN RED WEATHER is a deftly constructed, suspenseful family melodrama that exposes the dark innards of privilege." "USA Today""

"[Klaussmann's]...sharp observations and lyrical prose make for a poignant read." "Sara Vilkomerson, "Entertainment Weekly"""

"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"""

"Exceedingly clever.... An elegant playbook on passive aggression, a study of the desires and resentments that burn away souls behind teeth-clenched smiles... Klaussmann is a master at unexpressed despair." "Ron Charles, "The Washington Post"""

"TIGERS IN RED WEATHER has the irresistible, opiate undertow of a fine Southern gothic novel; it's best read in long, languid, effortless pulls." "Laura Miller, "Salon"""

"A complex, ambitious, and dramatic novel about the rich at the beach." "Susan Cheever, "Daily Beast"""

"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. TTIGERS IN RED WEATHER will have you furiously postponing all human interaction until its gripping finale." "Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette""

"Tennessee Williams knew it; so did Harper Lee. There's something about a story anchored in the summer months that makes deception a little juicier, desire a little sultrier, and murder just a little more wicked. Brimming with all three, Liza Klaussmann's skillfully constructed debut novel of family intrigue and restless secrets...arrives this summer as a riveting addition to the genre.... Klaussmann's full-bodied prose considers the shortcomings of intimacy and the pitfalls of searching for an overarching family truth-all with the seductive pull of a Gothic melodrama." "Antonina Jedrzejczak, "Vogue"""

"Klaussmann's carefully crafted soap opera skillfully commingles mystery with melodrama, keeping readers guessing about what really happened until the end. While her characters' duplicitous behavior will elicit strong reactions, Ed's psychological progression is the most fascinating to watch. The shocking finale, seen through Ed's all-knowing eyes, scintillates as much as it satisfies." "Publishers Weekly Starred Review""

"[Klaussmann's] cooked up a deft, nasty plot." "Helen Rogan, "People Magazine"""

"Zings with insight.... Klaussmann boldly uses five points of view to reveal the quiet desperation, hidden mental illness and politely bared fangs in a generation adrift in privileged mid-century America.... An intellectual and highly entertaining novel that recalls such classic writers as Fitzgerald." "Rochelle O'Gorman, "Cleveland Plain Dealer"""

"(A) smart, unsettling debut... Klaussmann's pitch-perfect portrait of the Derringer marriage gives the novel a strong emotional charge. Their complicated, painfully loving relationship and their mutual tenderness for fresh-faced Daisy ring true....stinging dialogue and sharp insights offer strong foundations on which this novice author can build." "Kirkus Reviews""

"Gothic meets Martha's Vineyard in a thriller that captures a repressed generation and claustrophobic family relations.... Klaussmann has an eye for the small gesture that detonates an emotional bomb.... Throughout, [she] questions how to navigate a postwar world, and where women, specifically Nick and her aspirations, fit into it. She writes beautifully about this struggle.... A sharply drawn portrait of life among that ever-popular literary demographic: the beautiful and damned." "Alice Fishburn, "The Financial Times"""

"A riveting, deeply moving tale of the unraveling of one family's mysteries." "Rory O'Connor, "Examiner.com"""

"An astounding debut and undoubtedly one of the best books of the year." "Melanie Smith, "Bookreporter.com"""

"A suspenseful story that is by turns a mystery, an examination of a marriage and an exploration of the possibly fatal consequences of self-deception." "Ilana Teitelbaum, "Shelf Awareness"""

"A richly crafted story in which the setting is as much a character as those who inhabit it.... Klaussmann has created an exquisite and evocative story of family secrets that leaves the reader exhausted, exhilarated and, in tiger fashion, roaring for more." "Cynthia Wolfe Boynton, "Bookpage"""

"Enthralling..." "O, The Oprah Magazine""

"A sultry, pitch-perfect literary thriller..." "Emily Temple, "Flavorpill"""

"A meditation on love, desire, and personal choices, this rich and compelling literary debut novel by a former New York Times journalist and the great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville is sure to appeal to a variety of readers." "Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal "Starred Review""

"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 long while!" "Paula McLain, author of "The Paris Wife"""

"Ms. Klaussmann's strongest suit is the cut-glass quality of her prose, which presents the characters' perceptions in bold contours while still suggesting their emotional fragility." "Sam Sacks, " The Wall Street Journal"""

"[A] steamy epic..." "Dailycandy""

"This novel is a page-turner in that you can't wait to see what happens next, yet you have to put it down from time to time to think about and savor what you've just read. It's written from the point of view of five characters, and at its center is a very unsettling mystery-it stays with you long after you've read it." "Gabriel Byrne, O: The Oprah Magazine"""

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"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 long while!"--Paula McLain, author of "The Paris Wife"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1042 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Open market ed edition (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00844Y5R8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 242 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE 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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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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