Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Nick and her cousin, Helena, are two women searching for their place in the world. With the Second World War drawing two a close, both women find themselves ready to take on the rest of their lives. In author Liza Klaussmann's debut novel, "Tigers in Red Weather", readers are provided with the strong characterization of an intriguing family.

Nick and her husband Hughes are finding it difficult to adjust to domestic life after the end of the war. They live in a small, Florida cottage where the repetition of their daily routines is taking a toll on them. Hughes follows the role that most men of the era do, consistently attending work to provide for his family. Nick, never much of a cook, finds it difficult to complete her daily tasks, and longs for something more.

Meanwhile, her cousin Helena is starting her new life by marrying a Hollywood producer. After the unfortunate death of her first husband, who lost his life in the war, Helena finally seems to be on the path to her dream life. Unfortunately, the lights of her Hollywood marriage are not as bright as she thought. Her husband seems interested in only using her family's money to fund his ill-fated project.

Fast-forward ten years, and both Nick and Helena are mothers to Daisy and Ed respectively. The two women, along with their children and Hughes, are spending the summer at the family's coastal property, The Tiger House. Despite their age, both women still long for something more. When Daisy and Ed stumble upon the brutally murdered corpse of a maid, the facade of happiness that the entire family has built begins to come crashing down.

In this debut, reminiscent of "The Great Gatsby" in both style and substance, Klaussmann provides readers with a tale full of genuine characters and suspense, making this novel the perfect intellectual summer read. The story is broken into five sections, each narrated by a different main character, providing intimate insights into each person's thoughts, emotions, and motivations. Chronology became a bit muddied at times, especially when characters reminisce through flashbacks, but Klaussmann does a commendable job keeping the times labeled. There is a murder in the story, but the focus becomes more about the characters, the murder merely a means to explore the family dynamics. Overall, this novel has a great mix of historical setting, interesting characters, and narrative momentum. I definitely recommend this book as a strong summer read.

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and http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13528417-tigers-in-red-weather.

(week 29, book 33)

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13 Responses to “Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann”

  1. Very cool stuff. Anything reminiscent of The Great Gatsby gets my vote of confidence. Thanks, Ethan.


  2. Done..the great gatsby is one of my faves, so I will probably like this.


  3. completed!

  4. Yes this review was helpful completed. The book looks like a good read.

  5. Checked review on Amazon......looks like a great book, especially the time era.

  6. Enjoyed the post, voted on Amazon. Thanks for a chance to win this intriguing read!

  7. Hi, Ethan! I went to Amazon and read the review you posted...and YES, it was helpful. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Tigers in Red Weather. It is on my "want" list of books to read (which is constantly growing....wink). Not enough free hours to read all the book I want to. :) Thanks again.

  8. Ooops, forgot to leave my email in case I win. :)....


  9. I completed it -sounds great
    vmorgan456 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. Completed. I was already interested from what I read in EW, but your review is even more intriguing.


  11. Completed.review made me want to read this book.Lomazowr@gmail.com

  12. Congratulations to Sandra, Beverly S., and Monja Blue! They will each receive a copy of Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann. Thanks to the publisher for making this giveaway available, and thanks to all who entered. Be sure to check this site for future giveaway opportunities.


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