By Timothy Patrick
First comes the miracle and then comes the madness. The miracle is the birth of identical triplets, and the madness is all about money, of course. The year is 1916 and the newborn baby girls have become pint-size celebrities. Unfortunately, this small portion of fame soon leads to a much larger portion of greed, and the triplets are split up—parceled out to the highest bidders. Two of the girls go to live in a hilltop mansion. The third girl isn’t so lucky. She ends up with a shady family that lives in an abandoned work camp. That’s how their lives begin: two on top, one on the bottom, and all three in the same small town. And when their worlds collide, as they must, the consequences are extreme.
“Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” spans fifty years and takes the reader from a shantytown to a gilded mansion, from dark desires to sacrificial love.
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What the Reviewers Are Saying
“TEA CUPS & TIGER CLAWS is a beautifully written novel, with a sharply satiric style that works to propel the saga of these characters from twisted fairytale to morality play, without ever once getting preachy… This is a smart and savvy novel that will draw readers in from its first page. I highly recommend it.” –kacunnin
“An engagingly twisted family saga…” –Kirkus Reviews
“It is an easy read, darkly funny, edgy and complex. It is a great debut novel for a new voice, I recommend it for readers of family sagas, romance, historical novels and thrillers.” –The Kindle Book Review
About the Author
Timothy Patrick learned at an early age about living on both sides of the railroad tracks. Even though his family scraped to pay the rent and hadn’t made it past the first rung of the social ladder, his mother decided her son ought to go to an elite boarding school. She smooth talked the headmaster and Timothy ended up at Judson School in Scottsdale, Arizona–the child of a TV repairman hobnobbing with the children of diplomats and famous athletes. On visiting day Timothy watched the parents of his schoolmates arrive in limousines and Lamborghinis. His parents arrived in a beat up van that said “Patrick’s TV Repair” on the sides.
In his debut novel, “Tea Cups & Tiger Claws,” Timothy continues with this childhood theme as he introduces us to forbidden mountaintop palaces and the seemingly unworthy characters who try to sneak into them. It’s a family saga that spans three generations and, of course, takes you on a wild ride from one side of the tracks to the other.
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