Tigers in Red Weather
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.
Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut novel from a writer of extraordinary insight and accomplishment.
“[Klaussmann’s] ... sharp observations and lyrical prose make for a poignant read. While that island crime is in many ways the book's centerpiece, much of the enjoyment of this finely woven novel comes from the small fault lines that appear over time in one family's foundation.”
“Skillfully told from five characters' divergent points of view, this satisfying saga by a great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville is about loneliness, the end of innocence, and people so closed off that they fantasize about cracking each other open, like a nut or a crab, to find out what was going on inside."
“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 long while!”
—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife