I picked up Liza Klaussmann’s ‘Tigers in Red Weather’ at Sydney airport in the way up to Queensland, wanting something easy but not total trash to read on the plane. After quite a while of perusing a lot of trash OR a more literary style I didn’t feel in the mood for, this was the only one that looked like it would deliver… and it definitely did!
It went far beyond my ‘easy but not total trash’ label, so not only was I glued to it, but I was also really impressed with the writing, the twisting plot and the flawed, believable characters, especially Nick, the central female character. What I found especially convincing and compelling was the sense of time and place Liza Klaussmann creates with her depiction of post-WWII American lives, values and marriages eased and brought down by the constant assembling and consuming of martinis or whisky sours at any time of day!
Told through the voices of 5 different main characters, each having their own section of the novel, it gave a strong feel of watching a very extended, more complex episode of ‘Madmen’, with a murder influencing everyones lives and decisions. I thoroughly recommend it and have given it to Sally to pass on to next Book Club in my ABSENCE (sob!). (RH)