Tea Cups & Tiger Claws by Timothy Patrick

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Tea Cups & Tiger Claws

By Timothy Patrick

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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 rare occurrence of identical triplets turns the newborn baby girls into 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. Identical in appearance and with the same blood in their veins, the sisters should have also shared united destinies. Instead, those destinies are thrown to the wind, and the consequences will be extreme. “Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” explores wealth and poverty, jealousy and conceit, and is ultimately a story about deadly ambition and how it once again will throw the sisters together. It’s a journey that spans fifty years, three generations, and the perilous gulf between the rich and the poor. Along the way, you’ll marvel at the opulence of a mansion where presidents are entertained, and you’ll walk cautiously through a shanty town that harbors the forgotten. So get ready for the unexpected, and let “Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” take you down the crooked byways of this captivating family saga.

Author Timothy Patrick


Timothy Patrick learned at an early age about living on both sides of the railroad tracks. Even though his family barely managed to pay the rent in a bottom rung trailer park, 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 movie stars 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 thriller/family saga that spans three generations and, of course, takes you on a wild ride from one side of the tracks to the other. Timothy is a graduate of UCLA. He and his wife live in Southern California and are the parents of two grown children. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, and aviation.

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