If I was to try to tell you all about Tigers in Red Weather in just a few words, they would be “think Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives.”

Told from five different view points, the narrative largely revolves around two cousins, Nick and Helena, following the end of World War 2, and the path’s their lives are taking them. For Helena, she is heading to Hollywood with her new husband, and for Nick awaiting the return of her husband from War. Years later, the pair reunite with families where the discovery of a brutally murdered corpse is the start of the unraveling of the characters hidden lives and secrets. The wickedly indecent stories take place in the very stylish family summer home, Tiger House, in Martha’s Vineyard,

Liza Klaussmann’s debut novel does capture her devotion to one of her favorite writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Tigers in Red Weather does depict the eternal appeal of the gilded age where the beautiful and the dammed play and disgrace.

When asked by Vanity Fair why she chose a line from Wallace Steven’s poem Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock for the title of her debit novel, Liza explains  “I decided to write about all of these people who are going to collide in their intrinsic desires. And, wearing blinders, they just rush headlong into whatever it is that they’re after—they are the tigers in red weather.”

Sophisticated, well plotted and paced, this is a sultry beach read. Get swept away in the 1950’s glamour on a tide of gin and jazz in Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann.

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Feeling Ladylike: Style Inspiration from The Help

Feel ladylike with our style favourites inspired by Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Try Skeeter’s bookish look or the polished style ready for the League Ladies Meeting. #thehelp #styleinspiration

The Help Style Inspiration

Navy Dress // Green Cardigan // Glasses // Satchel // Wedges // Gloves // Sandals // Earrings // Clutch // Blue Dress // Movie Image

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Southern Comfort: The Help Review

“Every morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?” - Kathryn Stockett, The Help

The Help

Published in 2009, this book is like the girlfriends version of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Set in the 1960’s in the racially tense Jackson Mississipi, when the Civil Rights Momvement is gaining momentum and Martin Luther King Jr. is marching on Washington, Stockett masterfully provides a glimpse into the lives of the women and their Help.

One of the best things about this book are the characters. Stockett has created three very extraordinary women in an extraordinary time in history. There is Skeeter and like her name, she does not fit into the normal societal cliques during her time. She is the black sheep of her friendship group by actually daring to finish her university degree (insert gasp here), rather than using university as a means of finding a husband. She shuns the social conventions and shinolators by not focusing on marriage but rather wanting to break the glass ceiling to become a writer and journalist. Madly trying to get a job, she settles on her first real job writing the Miss Murna cleaning advice column in the Jackson Journal, despite having never had to clean hereself because her family has always employed full time maids.

There is Aibileen, who has been a maid since she was 13. She has raise 17 babies in her lifetime. Aibileen is kind, devoted to her faith and nervous when taken out of her comfort zone. Aibileen is wise beyond her years and protects her white children from the harshness of their family opinions, until they eventually grow up and take on their own harsh views.

Then there is Minny, the sassy maid. Defiant, bold, just and cheeky, Minny is Aibileen’s best friend. Minny always seems to find herself in hot water with her bosses for speaking her mind, in particular with the Queen Bee of the Jackson society ladies which leads her to take justice into her own hands and do “The Terrible Awful.”

So the story goes that Skeeter decides to write something from the point of view of the Help. She engages Aibileen and Minny to provide their own life stories to use in her book about the Help. Together, these three women start a movement in Jackson that changes the way women view one other. It is a hell of a risk for a maid to talk to about such things, but then to have it published and available for the world to see. In writing her book, Skeeter obtains an insight into the lives of the women who were good enough to raise her and her friends but not good enough to use the same bathroom.

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This is a story about a beautiful scandal. It is courageous, touching and funny, and brilliant. It is an extraordinary tale about the accepted hypocrisy of social rules which they choose to abide by, and the ones that they don’t.

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Monday Musing

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Have a Great Weekend!

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