Set in bucolic, hoity-toity post-WWII Martha’s Vineyard, this unnerving literary thriller from the great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville finds a family unmoored by an unsolved murder in their apparently porcelain community. At the debut novel’s center are two woman, Nick and Helena, cousins who grew up spending summers at their family’s cushy lakeside estate. Once carefree girls, now jaded women, they’ve since returned to Tiger House with their families, but their lives have lost much of the rosy glow they had before the murder.  Summary BPL

Stunning first novel!  Told from five different POVs, Tigers in Red Weather is difficult to pin down: 1950s Peyton Place soap opera plot studded with F. Scott Fitzgerald characters who, martinis in hand, wander briefly into film noir.  Mostly, though, I am grateful that it led me to this poem whose last lines gave the novel its title.

Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock

The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches Tigers
In red weather. 

Wallace Stevens 

7.5 out of 10  The book lost points due to Ed’s creepiness.