Tigers In Red Weather

Hardcover | October 18, 2016

byLiza Klaussmann

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Summer seemed to arrive at that moment, with its mysterious mixture of salt, cold flesh and fuel.

 Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their 'real lives': Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war. 
    
Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena's husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena--with their children, Daisy and Ed--try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same.
   
 Brilliantly told from five points of view, with a magical elegance and suspenseful dark longing, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut novel from a writer of extraordinary insight and accomplishment.

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Summer seemed to arrive at that moment, with its mysterious mixture of salt, cold flesh and fuel. Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second ...

Liza Klaussmann worked as a journalist for the New York Times for over a decade. She received a BA in Creative Writing from Barnard College, where she was awarded the Howard M. Teichman Prize for Prose. She lived in Paris for ten years and she recently completed with distinction an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, in London, w...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 11.56 × 8.5 × 3.5 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780385677486

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“As each new narrator moves into position—and, believe me, they just get better and better—the story of this glittering family takes another turn, revolving slowly but with devastating sureness towards a breathtaking finale. Even to name the narrators would be to give the game away, so I won’t. But if you’re looking for a great summer read, look no further.” —Irish Times “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.” —The Wall Street Journal “. . . her sharp observations and lyrical prose make for a poignant read. While that island crime is in many ways the book's centerpiece, much of the enjoyment of this finely woven novel comes from the small fault lines that appear over time in one family's foundation.” —Entertainment Weekly “This is the sort of novel for which it's best not to give too much plot away—Klaussmann has a fine way of building up tension, leaving gaps that the reader must fill with speculation until the truth is revealed at the moment that provides most dramatic satisfaction.” —The Guardian (UK)“[Klaussmann’s] ... sharp observations and lyrical prose make for a poignant read. While that island crime is in many ways the book's centerpiece, much of the enjoyment of this finely woven novel comes from the small fault lines that appear over time in one family's foundation.” —Entertainment Weekly“Skillfully told from five characters' divergent points of view, this satisfying saga by a great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville is about loneliness, the end of innocence, and people so closed off that they fantasize about cracking each other open, like a nut or a crab, to find out what was going on inside." —USA Today“As each new narrator moves into position—and, believe me, they just get better and better—the story of this glittering family takes another turn, revolving slowly but with devastating sureness towards a breathtaking finale. Even to name the narrators would be to give the game away, so I won’t. But if you’re looking for a great summer read, look no further.” —Irish Times“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.” —The Wall Street Journal “. . . her sharp observations and lyrical prose make for a poignant read. While that island crime is in many ways the book's centerpiece, much of the enjoyment of this finely woven novel comes from the small fault lines that appear over time in one family's foundation.” —Entertainment Weekly“Postwar marriage and motherhood are more complicated than two cousins expected in Klaussmann’s smart, unsettling debut.”  —Kirkus Reviews“Klaussmann has the kind of CV that could easily make other writers jealous: The great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville, she filed dispatches to America about film and TV from Paris before sparking an eight-publisher auction for her debut novel, set in Martha’s Vineyard, where she spends her summers. The book, set from the ’40s to the ’60s, explores the dark side of privilege, stirring elements of the noir into a New England old-money setting. And to ratchet up the envy, its narrative, told from five points of view, is deftly written indeed.” —National Post“I recommend an absolutely brilliant debut novel . . . called Tigers In Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann. For a first book it's astonishingly accomplished. . . . The young author . . . is a worthy successor to Fitzgerald. I predict great things for her.” —The Express (UK)“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 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 “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“[A] sizzling debut. . . . A deft novel, it conjures up the magic and melancholy of post-war American life. If Richard Yates had penned a beach-bag read, this might have been it.” —The Independent“Along with a particularly evocative title and cover, this book has a red-hot plot….Don’t miss.”—Library Journal“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.”—Metro (UK)