Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Cousins Nick and Helena are looking forward to new beginnings at the end of World War II. Nick's husband, Hughes, is coming home from Europe after fighting in the war, while Helena is moving to Hollywood to marry Avery. The women are very close, having spent every summer together at Tiger House, Nick's family vacation home on Martha's Vineyard. The reader follows the lives of Nick, her daughter Daisy, Hughes, Helena and her son Ed through the sixties. When Daisy and Ed, as young teens, are involved in a tragedy, it exposes both the dysfunctionality and unrest within the family. By mixing the glamour of old money with the disturbing unhappiness that wealth can bring, Klaussmann has written a book that is hard to put down--it's all so juicy. If you like historical fiction and want a book for the beach, this is it. Klaussmann is also the great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville.

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