Nick and her cousin Helena grew up in a world of sun bleached boat docks, tennis whites, and midnight gin parties at Tiger House, the family home on Martha's Vineyard. In the wake of the Second World War, the two women are on the cusp of starting their "real lives": Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage to the charismatic Avery Lewis, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own husband, Hughes Derringer, about to return from the war. The world seems rife with possibility.
The gilt soon begins to crack. Avery is not the man he seems to be, and Hughes has grown distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, Nick and Helena - with their children Daisy and Ed - try to recapture that earlier sense of possibility. But then Daisy and Ed discover something truly awful, and the dark thread of the family's history slowly starts to unravel. The secrets and lies that each member thought long buried begin to surface.
Brilliantly told with the tempestuous elegance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the suspenseful dark longing of Patricia Highsmith, Tigers in Red Weather is an almost unbearably compelling story of liars, lust, and secrets. It heralds the arrival of a fierce literary talent.
©2012 Liza Klaussmann (P)2012 Hachette
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
I am not familiar with this author beyond this writing, so can't compare this book to her other work, but it is an odd package: compelling story told in a serial fashion with each character telling the tale from their own viewpoints. Interesting. Several climactic events which change the course of people's lives in ways the reader can believe might have happened, but with a bit of operatic flare. Also interesting. One character is not what he/she appears to be to the family until emotions flare. Interesting again. ...and then it stops. No resolution of any character's situation. No moral conveyed. No one either has a happy ending OR gets their "just desserts." It just quits in the course of a scene. Wholly unsatisfying.
The narrator grated on me. I think I might have stayed with this book if I had read it rather than listened to it. Oftentimes, I cant' get into a book until mid-point (a la Gone Girl) and then the story grabs me and I'm glad that I persevered. This audiobook was a complete waste of time. "14", by Peter Clunes was next on the list, so I pulled the plug, so to speak, to move on to that book and I'm soooooo glad I did.From now on I will make note of the narrator and if it is Katherine Kellgren, I will not buy the book.
She was attempting a haughty East Coast upper-class snobbiness in her tone of voice and it was very fake to me -- like fingernails on a chalkboard. Like very bad acting. I could not concentrate on the story line, because I could not get past the narrating.
I didn't listen to enough of the book to answer this intelligently.
Three fourths of the narration was fine but about one fourth of the time the narrator harshly spewed out "he said" "she said" etc. It became distracting and soon found myself thinking why in heavens name did the author write this over and over again?
Plot good, story intriguing but narration left something to be desired.
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