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Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Tigers in Red Weather

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

Winner of the Specsavers New Writer of the Year 2013.

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.

May 2013 Book of the Month.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Tigers in Red Weather a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'Tigers in Red Weather is a book that takes you over...I absolutely loved this book' - Phylyppa Smithson. Scroll down to read more reviews.

If you like Liza Klaussmann you might also like to read books by Eva Rice, Tom Franklin and Curtis Sittenfeld.

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Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Nick and her cousin Helena have grown up together, sharing long hot summers at Tiger House. With husbands and children of their own, they keep returning. But against a background of parties, cocktails, moonlight and jazz, how long can perfection last? There is always the summer that changes everything.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Tigers in Red Weather. You can read their reviews below.

Phylyppa Smithson - 'Tigers in Red Weather is a book that takes you over...This is not just a love story, or a murder mystery or an insight into how the mind can observe the same event in different ways or a reflection on recent historic events in European and American history. It is all of these and more...I absolutely loved this book.' Click here to read the full review.

Barbara Goldie
- 'A brilliant first novel...It is a great read for lovers of historical fiction, murder mystery, family sagas or thrillers so will appeal to a wider audience.' Click here to read the full review.

Megan Olwen Williams - Klaussmann’s novel is a sensual, tender, riveting, and in places discomforting study of people and their desires which had me totally enthralled; I was sorry to come to the end of the novel and am greatly looking forward to reading what Klaussmann produces next.' Click here to read the full review.

Catherine Larner - 'The characterisation is in parts breathtaking with stunning depiction of the tiniest mannerisms. The sense of place and of times past is also compelling and powerful. This is a beautiful and haunting book to return to again and again.' Click here to read the full review.

Julie Bertschin - 'I loved this story of betrayal, secrets and sacrifices made in the relationships of the main characters, Nick and Helena in this novel set just at the end of the second world war through to the 1960's...It is both moving, tragic, funny and sad. I will definitely be reading more of Ms Klaussmann's work.' Click here to read the full review.

Tracey Poulter - 'The tale gradually unfolds through lazy summers and is so well-written you can feel the heat. This book has it all...A well constructed novel with brilliant characterisations.' Click here to read the full review.

Michelle Russ
- There are some great twists throughout the story that depicts both America and London during and after the war in a very vivid way. The writing is really great and really brings the story into full colour for the reader.' Click here to read the full review.

Maggie Crane - 'I found Tigers in Red Weather interesting, confusing at times, but ultimately it provided an extremely good story, with a great twist in the tail.' Click here to read the full review.

Joan Hill
- This well written debut novel, told in five voices and set mainly in Tiger House, the summer home in Martha’s Vineyard of Nick and Hughes Derringer, is based around one particular incident, the murder of a Portuguese maid and her cheating employer one sultry summer’s day.' Click here to read the full review.

Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is a really well constructed novel that moves backwards and forwards from 1945 to 1969.' Click here to read the full review.

Jill Peters - 'What we think are the right decisions to take during the height and impact of World War II, with the fear of losing loved ones, can come back and haunt us in normal times.' Click here to read the full review.

Praise for Liza Lkaussmann:

'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

'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.'

'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

'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'
Literary Review

'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 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.'

'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

'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.'

'Tragedy, betrayal and passion ... A riveting, intelligent read'

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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9th May 2013


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256 pages


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