If I was to try to tell you all about Tigers in Red Weather in just a few words, they would be “think Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives.”
Told from five different view points, the narrative largely revolves around two cousins, Nick and Helena, following the end of World War 2, and the path’s their lives are taking them. For Helena, she is heading to Hollywood with her new husband, and for Nick awaiting the return of her husband from War. Years later, the pair reunite with families where the discovery of a brutally murdered corpse is the start of the unraveling of the characters hidden lives and secrets. The wickedly indecent stories take place in the very stylish family summer home, Tiger House, in Martha’s Vineyard,
Liza Klaussmann’s debut novel does capture her devotion to one of her favorite writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Tigers in Red Weather does depict the eternal appeal of the gilded age where the beautiful and the dammed play and disgrace.
When asked by Vanity Fair why she chose a line from Wallace Steven’s poem Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock for the title of her debit novel, Liza explains “I decided to write about all of these people who are going to collide in their intrinsic desires. And, wearing blinders, they just rush headlong into whatever it is that they’re after—they are the tigers in red weather.”
Sophisticated, well plotted and paced, this is a sultry beach read. Get swept away in the 1950’s glamour on a tide of gin and jazz in Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann.
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