Tigers in Red Weather (2020)

Tigers in Red Weather Nick and her cousin Helena have grown up sharing sultry summers at Tiger House the glorious old family estate on the island of Martha s Vineyard As World War II ends they are on the cusp of adultho
  • Title: Tigers in Red Weather
  • Author: Liza Klaussmann
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  • Page: 339
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  • Tigers in Red Weather
    Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summers at Tiger House, the glorious old family estate on the island of Martha s Vineyard As World War II ends they are on the cusp of adulthood, the world seeming to offer itself up to them Helena is leaving for Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is to be reunited with her young husband Hughes, due to returNick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summers at Tiger House, the glorious old family estate on the island of Martha s Vineyard As World War II ends they are on the cusp of adulthood, the world seeming to offer itself up to them Helena is leaving for Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is to be reunited with her young husband Hughes, due to return from London and the war Everything is about to change Neither quite finds the life she had imagined, and as the years pass, the trips to Tiger House take on a new complexity Then, on the brink of the 1960s, Nick s daughter Daisy and Helena s son Ed make a sinister discovery It plunges the island s bright heat into private shadow and sends a depth charge to the heart of the family Summer seemed to arrive at that moment, with its mysterious mixture of salt, cold flesh and fuel Magnificently told from five perspectives, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile facade.
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    1. I really, really, really wanted to like this book The book jacket compares its contents to the writings of F Scott Fitzgerald and Patricia Highsmith, two writers whom I adore and a mash up made in heaven I also live in Cambridge and pass many of the same streets as the book s protagonists I loved the atmosphere and the period details of the novel but found the plot somewhat tedious and boring The first four sections told by Nick, Daisy, Helena, and Hughes, respectively are mostly one dimensional [...]

    2. Wowwhat a debut Somehow this book manages to exist as both beach read and book club material The plot is riveting, which makes the book hard to put down, but it is the superb character portraits that kept me reading long into the night The narrative technique used is very effective, and the author succeeds in creating multi dimensional and fascinating characters whose inner lives are revealed in tiny bits until the picture is complete Each of the five sections is narrated by a different characte [...]

    3. Maybe I spend too much time here on , but as I read a book I imagine how I will rate it, and what my review will sound like My rating of this story about a family on Martha s Vineyard and the secrets they disclose over a few decades ranged from 1 4 stars at any given time, and I settled on 2 just because calls that it was ok, and that s pretty much how I feel about it It kept me guessing plus but left me with a lot of question marks upon finishing minus.There aren t too many characters here, and [...]

    4. Silly me, I scanned the reviews of this book and came away with the impression it would be a light beach read about a pair of cousins after World War II, their children, a little bit historical fiction and family drama and intergenerational perspective, something similar to J Courtney Sullivan s Maine.I was wrong Nick and Helena are two cousins, close in age, who go their separate ways after World War II comes to a close Nick to be reunited with her husband Hughes, who is distant after his retur [...]

    5. I just need to stop reading historical fiction Like right now But I keep trying, like the little kid who keeps reaching for the electric burner, even though he s bound to burn himself for the thirteenth time and once again lose several layers of skin in the process, or like the woman who just can t stop dating that man child with the six pack abs and commitment issues and the Mickey Mouse voice, because damn it she can bounce quarters off his belly button, and that ought to be worth a few round [...]

    6. 4.5 stars, rounding up to 5 I don t give too many 5 stars, and certainly not two in a row, but I seem to be on a roll.Granted, this has all the things I love about good summer fiction Historical, sprawling beach manse, family secrets Throw in a nod to The Great Gatsby and I was sold I m surprised by the relatively lackluster ratings on Good Reads because I thoroughly enjoyed this start to finish In this we have cousins Helena and Nick Nick is a girl but get it A nod to Gatsby, also her daughter [...]

    7. This book wasn t at all what I thought it was going to be once I began reading it, which I think is due to the face that the book summary located inside the front cover is misleading, or perhaps I relied too heavily on it to tell me everything that was included in the plot This book was divided into sections and told its story from the five main characters individual points of view It was certainly an interesting take on the story, because I was able to see how each character perceived themselve [...]

    8. It s a good and fast read, one step above a beach read I have a couple comments.The first half of the book I was sure this was going to end up being a 4 star but somehow, Klaussman decided to decelerate the plot halfway through The first 3 characters chapters were very much building momentum and it really propelled me forward but then on the 4th chapter I found myself losing interest I really think she should have done the order differently, to create that sense of build up that I enjoyed so muc [...]

    9. Tigers in Red Weather is a great beach read intriguing, fast paced, dramatic I liked that each section was narrated by a different character over the 20 or so years that the story took place so they filled in missing information from the other characters narratives The novel started off strong and ended strong but there was a lag in the middle specifically in Hughes section I also felt like I wish some of the characters had been developed Avery or less attention had been devoted to them Eva I g [...]

    10. What an impressive first novel Starts out rather innocently as two close cousins are on a train, post World War II, both going to begin new lives The atmosphere of the novel is wonderful, I felt fully immersed in this time period and in their lives as well The tension of the novel builds as and facts are related about the characters lives Narrated by the five main characters, we soon realize their is much to this story than the innocent beginning would have one believe Soon the suspense and t [...]

    11. This is not the worst book I ve read I wouldn t want to give it that accolade The dialogue is monotonous can I get you a martini , yes, I d love that , a dash of something and so on There is hardly a scene in the book when someone isn t drinking alcohol, in itself tedious, as if the author could think of nothing else that people do when congregating The characters are inconsistent four of them are tinged with insanity, Nick, Helena, Ed and Avery as if this touch of weirdness added depth to their [...]

    12. This story, which jumps around time periods ranging from 1945 to 1969, follows Nick and her cousin Helena, their husbands, children Daisy and Ed, and a variety of other Martha s Vineyard residents It has everything murder, secrets, betrayal, regret, longing and lust It is a great summer read about hot summer nights, gin drunk from jelly jars, and sneaking around in the shadows This debut novel by Herman Melville s great great great granddaughter is told from 5 different perspectives The story un [...]

    13. Man, now I m sad.I was really enjoying this book for the first three parts but then the last two parts sunk it for me.See, from where I m sitting and listening , the first three voices wove together a story about women, specifically how women relate to each other in relating to the first woman introduced, Nick Nick is the showboat, the flaunty one, the one who loves attention, the one who hates responsibility, etc Her best friend is her cousin, Helen, and they adore each other only Helen actuall [...]

    14. This review originally appeared on my blog literary exploration 2012 Tigers in Red Weather is a unforgettable novel of life with all its complexity and mystery Nick and her cousin Helena grow up together in Tiger house an old family estate on an island As they grew the world changed with them World War II has ended and it felt like a world of possibilities Helena leaves for Hollywood and Nick reunites with her husband after serving in the war, but everything has changed and on their trips back t [...]

    15. Looking to read something completely different Try Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann This novel is sure to surprise and in never quite what the reader expects it to be The novel opens by introducing readers to cousins Nick and Helena when they are young twenty something brides at the end of World War II Nick, not exactly beautiful but with a lust for life and excitement is set to travel to Florida to meet her husband Hughes, who has been serving in the Navy Helena, beautiful but also re [...]

    16. I waffled for a long time in deciding whether to pony up the 12.99 for this ebook On the one hand, I was powerfully drawn to that killer title On the other, I knew from the blurb that a it s about rich people in angst, and b two of the characters are named Nick and Daisy Ooooh kay So Liza Klaussmann thinks she s F Scott Fitzgerald It s a dangerous thing for a writer to make such an obvious comparison between her own work especially a debut novel and such an important literary work as The Great G [...]

    17. I would say this novel was between 3 4 stars for me I ended up giving it the 4 stars because it kept me engaged, and even though the characters weren t that likeable I wanted to know what happened to each of them Usually when I can t find one character who is worthy I will give up on a read or at least feel let down by the novel, like Franzen s Freedom That being said, maybe there wasn t a particularly worthy character within the novel, but each one, except maybe Helena, had reasons for their un [...]

    18. I purchased the hardcover of this book based on a friend s glowing review, thinking I d pass it along to my mom after I read it I m so glad I didn t wait for the paperback or read the e book because I know this book will get lots of mileage among my mom s friends after she reads it It s just the kind of book you want to pass around and discuss after reading It would be a great book club read if only I had a book club This is a story of family dynamics and relationships spanning a couple of decad [...]

    19. Tigers in Red Weather begins on the east coast of America in September 1945, just after the end of the Second World War Cousins Nick and Helena have grown up spending a long spring of summers at Tiger House, the family s estate on Martha s Vineyard, a place which both women hold fondly in their memories At the outset of the novel, we meet Nick and Helena, wearing their slips and drinking gin neat out of old jelly jars in Cambridge, Massachusetts Helena is about to get married for the second time [...]

    20. I m going to be honest here, and reveal to the world exactly how shallow I am when it comes to books We all say, Never judge a book by its cover , but really, let s face it, we all do I, for one, had heard absolutely nothing about this book and picked it up only for its gorgeous cover image Australian cover, that is of a classic 1940s 50s pinup stretched out on a boardwalk in a vibrant yellow bathing suit, pouting with her perfectly shaped, red lips It s a stunner, check it out Having picked it [...]

    21. In summary, I feel a good novel is one in which the story is told well, the details are linked properly and in a clever way and the human psyche is often observed in a way that evokes emotion or thought even after the book is over this is the reason for my better than average rating The characters are not likable and while reading the book there are annoyances that make you want to give it one star, but something keeps you going The gem of this book is the lesson in perception, the way the story [...]

    22. Book on CD read by Katherine KellgrenCousins Nick and Helena grew up spending idyllic summers at Tiger House, the family s estate on Martha s Vineyard As World War 2 ends, the two young women are about to begin their real lives Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage to producer Avery Lewis, while Nick travels to Florida to reunite with her husband Hughes Derringer, home from the war But reality doesn t meet their expectations Twelve years later, the cousins along with their children Daisy [...]

    23. The title Tigers in Red Weather suggests a whole lot teeth and claws than we actually see in Liza Klaussmann s fine and subtle first novel But the phrase comes from a Wallace Stevens poem, Disillusionment of Ten O Clock, that gets the tone of this psychological drama just right Klaussmann s characters are early risers who feel pretty well disillusioned long before 10 o clock She s written an elegant playbook on passive aggression, a study of the desires and resentments that burn away souls behi [...]

    24. I found it quite difficult to rate this book, as my opinion of it changed continuously throughout the course of reading it Told from the viewpoint of five different characters, and switching back and forth in time from 1945 to 1969, this novel explores the intricacies of human relationships and their consequences.The story opens with a narrative told in the third person from the viewpoint of Nick, a strong independent young woman who is looking forward to her husband Hughes returning to her from [...]

    25. TIGERS IN RED WEATHER is a finely tuned domestic drama that has the added intrigue of a small community murder Told from multiple points of view, the interesting and heartbreaking story spans the period post world war II and some events during by which rationing and wartime romance are topics.From 1944 through to 1969, the period piece provides a glimpse into the lives of a pair of cousins stemming from earlier memories at the Tiger house estate as youngsters themselves through to marriage and m [...]

    26. This is one of those books that s been on my secondary to read list for a long time and, by that, I mean the mental list of to reads you don t actually post online I think its lackluster rating deterred me from reading it sooner I m so glad I decided it was worth a read What finally made me buy this book was Heller McAlpin s description from USA Today With echoes of Nancy Drew murder mysteries and The Great Gatsby that extend well beyond the names Nick and Daisy Tigers in Red Weather is a deftly [...]

    27. Tigers in Red Weather is the story of one New England family told from the point of view of five family members over the course of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.Instead of going back and forth between family members, the book is separated into five sections one section for each family member Doing it that way, we re constantly going back to a year in which we ve already seen from another family member We re constantly jumping from year to year, years that take place over three decades It s the story of [...]

    28. Great book it s the debut book from this author.Set in the States post WW2 we are introduced to Nick, her husband Hughes and daughter Daisy, Nick s cousin Helena and her son Ed Although there are other characters the book swirls around these and we get sections from the point of view of each character Most sections are written with several years having taken place between This sounds choppy but is in fact ingenious and smooth in Ms Klaussman s hands as she is deliberately drawing you in to one p [...]

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