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TIGERS IN RED WEATHER by Liza Klaussmann - Win vodka-martini kits for our twitter party on Mid-summer night (21 June at 8.30pm)

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 09-May-13 15:56:37

With the sun out hmm it's time to start thinking about summer reads. Our Twitter bookclub pick: Tigers in Red Weather may be the perfect place to start. Liza Klaussmann's debut is set in post-war Martha's Vineyard in the height of the summer. The novel transports you to a glamorous holiday home full of midday martinis, afternoon tennis and late night parties. Against this backdrop we find a very dysfunctional family whose world is rocked further by a grisly find on the island.

Tigers in Red Weather is tense, atmospheric and pacy; a perfect summer read and we have 70 copies to giveaway. Furthermore, author Liza Klaussmann will be joining us for a twitter party on 21st June. More information about this to come but if you fancy reading the book and joining Liza for the twitter party (plus a chance to win martini cocktails for the event) apply for one of 70 free copies.

AnonYonimousBird Tue 25-Jun-13 10:04:51

I could not get to the party - I am totally useless at Twitter, sorry.

Love the book though, so will get on the discussion thread!

KneeDeepInDaisies Sat 22-Jun-13 12:49:14

Sorry I didn't make the party. I was out with no signal.sad

I really enjoyed the book. I'm not sure about the ending. It tied up but I don't think I really "got" Ed's motivation to do what he did.

I would like to have known more of the history that made Nick and Helena's relationship the way it was. Obviously the family money and the tiger material but there must be more to it?

I agree with the PP about giving Helena too much sympathy and Nick not enough. Reading some of it back I found my sympathy lying with Nick more.

I would definitely recommend this book. I love the era it was set in and the character depictions. I want to know what happened to their lives after the last page which I think is always a good sign.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 22-Jun-13 09:04:41

I didn't make it to the Twitter party. Sorry - completely forgot. But I just wanted to add that I really enjoyed reading the book. Thank you MN for my copy.

PestoSwimissimos Fri 21-Jun-13 23:50:39

I don't do Twitter, sorry. But I did really enjoy this book. When I read it a couple of weeks ago the weather here was warm & sunny and I really enjoyed a good laze in the garden with this book, as the story was told over a series of hot summers in the USA.

lorka Fri 21-Jun-13 23:28:33

Just started reading this book and enjoying it so far. Will post back when I have finished it. Unfortunately fell asleep before the twitter party and missed it as well as the vodka martinis!! Thanks for the book though!! smile

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Jun-13 14:40:56

Now that you all have your copy of Tigers in Red Weather that you received in our recent book giveaway. We want to remind you that tonight is our vodka martini themed twitter Party with special guest, author Liza Klaussmann. If you enjoyed or still are enjoying the book and want to chat with Liza or ask her a question, join the twitter party tonight between 8.30 and 9.30 pm, by following @MumsnetTowers and using the hashtag #TigersInRedWeather.

Wait there's more

All those who join the twitter party using the hashtag #TigersInRedWeather will be entered into a draw to win £50 worth of books from Picador plus a signed copy of Tigers in Red Weather. If you've enjoyed the book but don't use twitter, do join the discussion thread here and post a question there to Liza. You can also follow the twitter party LIVE on this thread.

For more information about the twitter party and tips on how to join in, visit the Tigers in Red Weather page.

FictionFanatic Wed 19-Jun-13 20:57:07

Just got my cocktail kit and book today - looking forward to reading and drinking - 2 of my favourite summertime treats!

Sonotkylie Wed 19-Jun-13 11:53:48

Thank you very much for my free book. I never win anything! And this was one I'd been wanting to read.
I have now read it and came really to love it. Initially I thought it was a bit obvious and even 'chick - litty', good for a beach read but not particularly taxing, (is that how its being badged with the vodka martini twitter party?). But in fact it is much more than that. Very thought provoking about power in relationships, love, damage and happiness, and I find myself mulling it over even after several days. The characters are not particularly likeable, but as the story is told from 5 different points of view that didn't really matter to me, as the perspective on that person changes when the story is told by a different person or a different time. My view of Helena and Nick (the 2 central women characters) changed several times and I found myself having to re-read Helena's part later as I realised I'd got her 'wrong' (and given her too much sympathy, when now I think she is the most poisonous of the lot).
It reminded me of Donna Tartt both The Secret History and The Little Friend. I too think I might need to re read it.
I don't Twitter, so have a lovely party on Friday.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 13-Jun-13 21:48:03

I finished reading it this evening. It took quite a while to draw me into the story but I liked it very much. The final section really was excellent. I'm hiding the plastic bags!

Looking forward to the Twitter chat, and may even have a vodka martini grin

MaisyMoo123 Tue 11-Jun-13 18:53:53

Just started reading this after minding kindly posted her copy on to me (many thanks grin!) Liking it so far. It feels quite escapist and the characters are intriguing. Can't wait to get stuck into it a bit more.

WhitegoldWielder Tue 11-Jun-13 15:09:12

Echoing Pesto - thank you for my copy and I read it last week in the sunshine too.

This is the first book I've received after applying for a few others in the past. The short description suggested it would be worth reading although it is one that has passed under my radar even though I belong to a local monthly book club as well as a couple of Internet ones.

On the whole I did enjoy the book although not entirely satisfied with the ending. It is divided up into five character driven sections and I found that it didn't initially grab me until I was at the end of the second section - taking a long time to get a feel for the book and wondering if I wanted to finish it before starting something else. As it was for MN I stuck with it and found that I did want to discover how the story continued and ended.

I had a strong disliking for many of the characters particularly Nick and this may be why I found the book hard going initially. However I also felt I was being manipulated by the author to see the worst of her characters rather than their better qualities. Dysfunctional indeed.

Irritatingly it did remind me of something else I've either seen or read but couldn't pin point and it is suited as a summer read possibly down to the description of scenes, the tension in the plot and the pressures the characters are under.

I will be passing it on to my book club friends as I'm interested in what others feel about it - I did like that the book had questions for discussions at the end. I also think I may need to reread it at some point too.

I had hoped to initially join the twitter party, however I will now be going to another party that night so will have to post on the thread earlier in the day as I may well be under the influence of a few cocktails!

mindingalongtime Sat 08-Jun-13 18:02:57

I posted mine onto MaisyMoo123 I hope she has received it

PestoSwimissimos Sat 08-Jun-13 11:08:02

Thank you for mine, I read it in the sunshine smile

AnonYonimousBird Thu 06-Jun-13 12:59:51

I have mine! Thank you very. Not on twitter yet, so I will need to work that out... Hope to see you there.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 06-Jun-13 11:35:50

We do hope those of you who received the books have enjoyed reading Tigers in Red Weather and great to see some comment up here already. We now have more information about the TWITTER PARTY on summer-solstice - Friday 21 June at 8.30pm with special guest Liza Klaussman. To get us all in the spirit of the book (no pun intended) the party will have a vodka-martini theme and we have ten vodka martini sets up for grabs courtesy of Picador. If you haven't read the book, there's still chance to win one of ten copies of the book.

Find out more about THE TWITTER PARTY and how you can get your hands on a vodka martini kit or a copy of the book and put the date in your diary for 21 June.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 03-Jun-13 18:39:27

I received my copy too. Thank you MN. Really looking forward to reading it - it's next on my list. Never been to a Twitter party before grin What time do I pour my wine? grin

mindingalongtime Sun 02-Jun-13 16:26:14

I read it too, but bought the kindle version as I tend to read in the early hours. I was very disappointed with it, I found it irritating and all a bit pointless.

Anyone want the paperback? happy to post, just message me.

KikkiK Sat 01-Jun-13 18:22:36

Got my copy this morning, thank you - made my day! Looking forward to reading it and to the Twitter party. <wonders what to wear>

Kneedeepindaisies Sat 01-Jun-13 18:06:01

Got my copy today. Thank you. smile

Nehru Sat 01-Jun-13 12:20:33

Oh I read it. Was unremarkable.

preety18 Sat 01-Jun-13 12:19:30

Just received my copy this morning thank you.

AnonYonimousBird Tue 21-May-13 10:27:22

Any news on this one??????

kneedeepindaisies Tue 14-May-13 19:12:18

Ive just looked and There is a Mumsnet twitter and a Mumsnet book club twitter.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 14-May-13 18:05:57

Good point kneedeep. I would have assumed it was the one with the link at the top of this page, which is Mumsnet on Twitter. But I'm now wondering whether the book pages have their own Twitter page?

kneedeepindaisies Mon 13-May-13 20:47:16

I'm on twitter. Does anyone know the username to follow?

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