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Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
  

Tigers in Red Weather

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August 2012 Debut of the Month.

Eight publishers were fighting over this debut novel from London based New Yorker Klaussmann and all you need to do is read the Opening Extract to see why. Magnificently told from five perspectives, Tigers in Red Weather is a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile facade.

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Synopsis

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

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 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.

Reviews

'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

'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 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 while!'
Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

'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

'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

'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 '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

'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 island holiday home of a wealthy family in post

-war America is the setting for a shimmering debut novel of passion and violence. -- Best Books of 2013 Sunday Times '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

'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

'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'
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About the Author

Liza Klaussmann

Liza Klaussmann was born in New York but lives in London. Already sold in more than a dozen languages, Tigers in Red Weather is her first novel.

Author photo © Elizabeth Zeschin

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Publication date

2nd August 2012

Author

Liza Klaussmann

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
400 pages
Interest Age: From 18

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447212058

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