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Tea Cups & Tiger Claws (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

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 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.

Biographie de l'auteur

Timothy Patrick learned early 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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 447 pages
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  • Editeur : Country Scribbler Publishing; Édition : 1 (8 janvier 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The power of hatred and jealousy 4 février 2014
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A pitiless look at how wealth and position drive the lives of a diverse community of people in the genteel small town of Prospect Park, California. It's impossible to outline the contents of the book without giving away too much of the plot and, since I hate spoilers, I will focus this review on the style and quality of the writing. The three parts of this complex, convoluted and multi-generational saga are so different in focus and tempo that, in different hands, might have ended up as a trilogy. Timothy Patrick weaves the separate strands with great skill and mastery, creating a tapestry of jealousy, hatred and revenge, shot through with sardonic observations of middle-class hypocrisy and, occasionally contrasted by the opposing forces of love and family devotion.

There is so much in this tale that it could have easily come apart but, somehow, the theme of revenge drives the plot relentlessly like a devastating tornado through a corn field. Some aspects are unrealistic and far-fetched but this is a work of fiction and the everyday authenticity of the common people's world is strong enough that the reader is willing to suspend belief and be taken along for the ride.

The first part “Sisters” spreads its poisonous foundations like an oil spill. The middle “Cousins” ticks along like a time-bomb, plotting and calculating, spinning a web of intrigue that is perhaps difficult to relate to real life. The third and last “Enemies” takes us on a mad, unstoppable ride of reckless power games and murderous folly where the book becomes a page turner and hard to put down.

Most of the main characters are frankly revolting human beings, and even the 'good' ones are not always easy to like.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliantly creepy fractured fairytale, dark and compelling 12 janvier 2014
Par Kathy Cunningham - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Timothy Patrick's TEA CUPS & TIGER CLAWS is a fractured fairytale, a darkly funny parable about haves and have-nots, takers and givers, and what it's like to live in the shadow of great mansions on the Hill. The story is divided into three parts. The first revolves around three identical triplet sisters born to a white trash mother and her alcoholic loser husband living in a garbage-littered dump. Two of the babies - Abigail and Judith - are adopted by "the Duchess," who lives in one of the town's two palatial Victorian mansions; the third sister - Dorthea - grows up in poverty with her parents in a run-down shack, with little hope of anything better. Abbey and Judith become young ladies living in the lap of luxury, while Dorthea learns the lesson her parents teach her - "when love isn't an option, sometimes the next best thing is hate." She vows to get revenge on her sisters, the Duchess, and the Newfields who live in Sunny Slope Manor, the grandest estate in town.

In the second part of the story, the focus shifts to the second generation, as Abbey's daughter Sarah, Judith's daughter Veronica, and Dorthea's adopted son Ernest become pawns in Dorthea's continuing quest for vengeance. And by the third act, these enemies play out their diabolical and twisted roles as Dorthea moves to rid herself of all of them, taking what she's wanted all along - Sunny Slope Manor for her own.

At its heart, this is a novel about human depravity, and our very American fixation with wealth, power, and social standing. Patrick's convoluted saga spans over sixty years, with Dorthea's simmering hatred fueling the action. In another writer's hands, this story could have played out like an American Cinderella story, with poor Dorthea left behind as her sisters become wealthy and powerful. But Dorthea is hardly sympathetic, and she's no Cinderella. Although she's smart enough and cagey enough to manipulate her way into a fortune of her own, it can never give her what she really wants - the status of her sisters, and the right to live on the Hill with the "old money" crowd. Her bitterness is reminiscent of Dickens' Miss Haversham, who uses her ward Estella in a twisted plot against the hapless Pip, or perhaps Bronte's Heathcliff, who works to destroy not only the people he believes have betrayed him but their children as well (including his own son). As skillfully as Dickens or Bronte, Patrick brilliantly illustrates the results of allowing hatred and a thirst for vengeance to direct the course of one's life.

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. There are characters here to root for - Sarah, for one, who manages somehow to rise above the craziness of her family and the town she lives in - and others to despise (including the noxious Veronica, who would give Roald Dahl's Veruca Salt a run for her money in the spoiled brat department!). And the town Patrick has invented, with its mansions on the Hill (the Hill the working classes are always gazing up at with awe and envy), is totally believable, even in its stereotypical familiarity. The rich are always envied, the poor are always bitter, and hatred really is easier to latch onto than love when the good life seems so very far away. This is a smart and savvy novel that will draw readers in from its first page. I highly recommend it.

[Please note: I was provided a copy of this novel for review; the opinions expressed here are my own.]
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 This book was a little too much for me 22 avril 2014
Par Jalyn - Publié sur Amazon.com
I picked up this book mainly on the premise of identical triplets separated as babies and raised in very different households. The whole nature vs. nurture thing is fascinating to me (plus I’m writing a book with a similar concept, so the idea is pretty close to my heart), so I figured I’d try it.

Dorthea, the triplet that didn't go to the mansion, was the main character for the first half of the book. She was ambitious, which I admired…but that was about it. She was just so heartless and ruthless and immoral. I kept trying to find something redeeming, I really did. But as the book went on, she got worse, and I hated her so much.

Veronica, Judith’s daughter, was a spoiled brat. A spoiled, selfish, irresponsible, lazy brat. She had so much potential, though, and I hated her mostly because she could do so much…and instead, she got in trouble and threw money at it to make it go away.

Sarah, Abigail’s daughter, was the only redeeming main character in the book. She was nice, and actually cared about people. She tried a little too hard to please everyone, but I was willing to overlook that because she was the one main character I didn’t want to punch in the face.

One thing I did enjoy about TEA CUPS AND TIGER CLAWS was the sweeping scope. It started out with the birth of the Dorthea, Abigail, and Judith to a selfish, rude woman in the poor neighborhood. Then it followed Dorthea, the triplet her mother kept, up through middle age with her driving and ruthless desire to get ahead in the world.

When Sarah and Veronica get into their late teens, it switches to following them – and how they help, hinder, and react to Dorthea’s schemes. I found it interesting that this book managed to cover two generations, a huge cast of important characters, and shifting main characters while still maintaining a coherent plot.

This book was a struggle. The characters were so evil and immoral and petty. I hated almost all of them. Even the romance between Sarah and the sweet stablehand Mack was tainted by how much I hated everyone else. The problem was, Dorthea was brilliant, and I wanted to see how her schemes would play out. I hated the book, but I was fascinated by it, and I hated that I found it fascinating.

TEA CUPS AND TIGER CLAWS was just too much for me. Too much evil and too much selfishness and too much sin. I hated it, but I was fascinated by it, and that more than anything else is what made it difficult. This is my personal opinion and has little to do with the book or the writing – it was just not a book for me.

I received a free review copy of TEA CUPS AND TIGER CLAWS from the author. His generosity in no way influenced, or sought to influence, this review.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Novel about human perversity and aspiration to get rich and gain position at any cost 25 janvier 2014
Par Helpful Advice - Publié sur Amazon.com
“Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” written by Timothy Patrick is the story about unequal opportunities for success in life, aspiration to get rich and gain position in society, about injustice and revenge seen through the history of a family in which there is no lack of excitement.

The novel is divided in three parts. In first part, called “Sisters” reader will meet identical triplet girls; two of them, Abbey and Judith, will be adopted by a rich Duchess while the third one Dorthea will remain living with her poor and troubled natural parents. Therefore she will vow to get revenge both on her sisters and the Duchess.

In second part, named “Cousins” after many years have passed and a new generation was born, Sarah and Veronica which are daughters of Abbey and Judith, together with Ernest, Dorthea’s adopted son will become pawns in her vicious plan for vengeance.

An in the final part “Enemies” Dorthea will go on what she had always felt unjustly seized, according to justice as she sees it, while wanting to eliminate all those who stand in her way…

Timothy Patrick wrote beautifully this family saga quite complex in its structure, but still easy to read, with compelling characters, interesting and believable plot. “Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” is in its core a novel about human perversity and aspiration to get rich and gain position at any cost.

Therefore, in addition to the quality of the work, this satirical novel can be recommended due to the good lesson that it brought.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Truly Wild Ride 10 janvier 2014
Par Gene Black - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This story starts with a good premise and then expands it into a page-turning, can't put down tale. While I did manage to put the book down a few times, the closer I got to the end, the more difficult it became to put it down. I finally got up an hour early to finish the story. The last chapters were a roller-coaster ride.
This book delivered far better than I anticipated. Thank you Mr Patrick, you know how to draw in a reader and tell a tale.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Debut Novel; Fascinating Story 10 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
In his debut novel, Tea Cups & Tiger Claws, Timothy Patrick begins the story in 1916 in the small town of Prospect Park, California. Like many small towns in those days, the residents are divided by class according to both family name and income. The rich who live on the hilltop do not associate with those who live down below, and no one associates with the lowest of the low who live in the worst part of town referred to as “Yucky D.” However, when Ermel Railer and her husband Jeb, become the new parents of identical triplet girls, people from miles around come to look at the triplets. Most visitors leave envelopes with money as payment for seeing the triplets. The Duchess, who lives in the second largest mansion on top of the hill, comes several days in a row to see the girls, and brings both money and gifts for Ermel. Jeb, without his wife’s knowledge, makes a deal with the Duchess to sell (under the guise of a phony adoption) his triplets for a thousand dollars each, and is also promised a job. However, when the papers are being signed, Ermel double crosses her husband and the Duchess; only two of the triplets, Abigail and Judith, end up being adopted and Ermel keeps Dorthea for herself.

As Dorthea grows up in her loveless home with alcoholic parents, she recognizes that she does not fit in, and feels like she has been cheated when she sees her rich sisters; Judith, who is malevolent and cruel herself, constantly makes fun of Dorthea, and although Abigail is a little nicer, Dorthea knows she will never be her sisters’ equal. Dorthea becomes determined not only to get back at her parents and sisters, but also to own the largest house on the hilltop, Sunny Slope Manor. Her ambition is driven by hate, greed, malevolence, and jealousy. Dorthea begins planning while young, and will stop at nothing to realize her dreams.

Several themes are intertwined throughout the novel: class distinction, and how the poor are obsessed with fitting in with high society, family relationships – mother & daughter, sisters, and aunts – drug and alcohol addiction, struggle for power, entitlement of the rich, obsessive ambition, and cold, calculated murder.

There is palpable suspense throughout the novel as the lives of the sisters evolve. Dorthea becomes rich and powerful in her own right. She is, however, not respected or accepted by those members of high-society that she is so envious of, but is still able to manipulate not only her sisters, but also her two nieces, Sarah and Veronica. Dorthea’s careful planning puts each of the characters in danger in different ways, and she has no qualms about committing murder and blackmail while working her way up.

This novel is not perfect. Patrick has obviously not had first-hand experience with a drug addict; Veronica’s behaviors when using the “white powder” (coke) that Dorthea supplies don’t ring true, and when she “quits taking it” it sounds a little weird, since most coke addicts snort it and don’t “take” it. In fact, Veronica’s quick recovery from her drug-induced state and new sobriety (a matter of a few hours), are quite implausible. There are also a few minor editing errors such as on page 244, “bindles of white powder” instead of bundles, page 227 “encouraging words “form” Mr. Scarface” instead of from Mr. Scarface, page 345 “older “then” the last time” instead of older than the last time, and a grammatical error on page 212, “you and I here” instead of you and me here. Even the most careful editors in bestselling novels miss a few errors, and these really don’t take away from the story.

Albeit the minor problems in the novel, the story is fascinating and well-written. The characters are not only interesting, but Patrick is able to present them so that they seem real – one or two may remind readers of someone they are actually acquainted with. There are several unexpected twists and turns in the story, and some of the events in the end are a surprise. For readers who enjoy historical and psychological suspense that is a little bit different from the ubiquitous who-done-it, this book is definitely recommended. Hopefully there is more to come from Timothy Patrick.

Special thanks to the author for supplying a review copy of this book.
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