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Tigers in red weather : a novel
Liza Klaussmann
Adult Fiction KLAUSSM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in bucolic, hoity-toity post-WWII Martha's Vineyard, this unnerving literary thriller from the great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville finds a family unmoored by an unsolved murder in their apparently porcelain community. At the debut novel's center are two woman, Nick and Helena, cousins who grew up spending summers at their family's cushy lakeside estate. Once carefree girls, now jaded women, they've since returned to Tiger House with their families, but their lives have lost much of the rosy glow they had before the murder. Selfish and aloof, Nick can't stay faithful to her husband, the devoted but emotionally stunted Hughes. Helena, living apart from her sycophantic filmmaker husband, prefers pills and booze to dealing with her poor excuse for a relationship. Meanwhile, Nick and Hughes's surprisingly well-adjusted daughter, Daisy, is engaged to a man with not so subtle designs on her nearly acquiescent mother, while Ed, Daisy's childhood confidant and Helena's creepy son, is hell-bent on ensuring Daisy is treated with respect, no matter what the cost. Told from the biased and often unreliable perspectives of each of these five players, Klaussmann's carefully crafted soap opera skillfully commingles mystery with melodrama, keeping readers guessing about what really happened until the end. While her characters' duplicitous behavior will elicit strong reactions, Ed's psychological progression is the most fascinating to watch. The shocking finale, seen through Ed's all-knowing eyes, scintillates as much as it satisfies. Agent: Caroline Wood, the Felicity Bryan Agency. (July 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Nick and Helena are cousins who are close as sisters, having grown up summering together on Martha's Vineyard. They are also opposites: one dark, one fair; one rich, one poor; one beguiling, one naOve. As the book opens at the end of World War II, the young women share an apartment in Cambridge, MA. Nick awaits the return of her husband, Hughes, while Helena, a war widow, is planning to marry again and move to California. The story takes place over 24 years, much of it at Tiger House, the stately family summer home Nick inherited. Divided into five sections, each narrated from the point of view of Nick, Helena, Hughes, Nick's daughter Daisy, and Helena's son Ed, the action pivots on a murder on the island, the details and aftereffects of which are not clear until each character has spoken. Verdict A meditation on love, desire, and personal choices, this rich and compelling literary debut novel by a former New York Times journalist and the great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville is sure to appeal to a variety of readers. [See Prepub Alert, 1/21/12; this much-buzzed-about novel was also an editor's pick at LJ's June 4 Day of Dialog program.-Ed.]-Nancy H. Fontaine, Norwich P.L., VT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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