Last month’s book was a success overall, with everyone liking the book (although there were varied responses to the ending and whether Nick and Amy deserved each other, nature vs nurture, what affect your parents have on your personality, what Desi looks like). After a long debate on which actor was good looking enough to play Nick (although, I’m still of the opinion that Ryan Gosling’s wonderful enough to play anyone), and several bottles of wine, a book for June’s meeting was decided on.
Tigers in Red Weather, by Liza Klaussman
Apart from the most beautiful cover, here’s the synopsis from Amazon.
Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summers at Tiger House, the glorious old family estate on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As World War II ends they are on the cusp of adulthood, the world seeming to offer itself up to them. Helena is leaving for Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is to be reunited with her young husband Hughes, due to return from London and the war. Everything is about to change. Neither quite finds the life she had imagined, and as the years pass, the trips to Tiger House take on a new complexity. Then, on the brink of the 1960s, Nick’s daughter Daisy and Helena’s son Ed make a sinister discovery. It plunges the island’s bright heat into private shadow and sends a depth-charge to the heart of the family. Summer seemed to arrive at that moment, with its mysterious mixture of salt, cold flesh and fuel. Magnificently told from five perspectives, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut: a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile facade.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 18th June at a location yet to be confirmed. I’ll be sending out emails to confirm attendance. If you’re not on the mailing list yet, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org