Tigers in Red Weather

Tigers in Red WeatherTigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Book Description: Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha’s Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their ‘real lives’: Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war. Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena’s husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena–with their children, Daisy and Ed–try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same. Brilliantly told from five points of view, with a magical elegance and suspenseful dark longing, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut novel from a writer of extraordinary insight and accomplishment.
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This book falls under my Moby-Dick project because it is written by the great great granddaughter of Herman Melville. It may be brilliantly told – but I didn’t find much to like about this book. It does have a certain elegance which kept it from being one star for me. None of the characters are likeable. I’m not even sure they are believable. But this was an audiobook, and I can listen to things that I wouldn’t have the patience to finish reading. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion and from different points of view. If you like liars, lust, family secrets, a certain psychological tension, and dysfunctional relationships, then this probably isn’t a bad book.