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Tea Cups & Tiger Claws (English Edition) par [Patrick, Timothy]
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Longueur : 447 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1049 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 447 pages
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  • Editeur : Country Scribbler Publishing; Édition : 1 (8 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HKN1J3M
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Par Dolphin TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 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 This Novel Grabbed & Held Me Until I Finished It 31 décembre 2013
Par Caroljane - Publié sur
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Three identical triple girls are born to the lowest of the low in a small town area. There are different sections of town, of which the Hill is the most powerful and harbors all the high society. One of the Hill women called the Duchess can't have children and tries to buy the 3 triplets from their mother. The mother refuses. Her husband goes behind her back to talk to the lawyer sent from the Duchess. The mother has cunning and manages to save one child for herself.

The very beginning of the story is good and it only gets better over the years as the 3 girls get older and have children of their own. There is hatred and murder and plenty of action.

I picked the book up and was going to read half of it tonight. I just finished it ... at 12:30 a.m. !!
It's truly that good. It's a very well-written saga that ... if you're a reader and enjoy human history, family and histories, murders, power and more... you'll want to read. I very highly recommend this book and would give it more than 5 stars if I could.

Thanks, Timothy Patrick for the great read. (and, no, I don't know the author... lol)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Truly Wild Ride 10 janvier 2014
Par Customer Guy - Publié sur
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a ride! 29 avril 2014
Par Rebecca - Publié sur
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Patrick starts up with colorful and brilliant writing that brings Mark Twain to mind then seamlessly shifts gears into what I can only describe as Steinbeck East of Eden light as the multigenerational dynastic plot thickens, then he careens into a suspense thriller on a par with Dan Brown (but with status symbols) as the story fueled by revenge and love races through to the finish line. There is much to praise in the writer's technique: deftly integrated cultural references to fashion and music, well drawn characters and eras with narration that subtly matches them. Patrick had me buckled into my seatbelt for the whole trip. I didn't even want to stop for bathroom breaks. I sure hope he will keep writing! I have a couple of quibbles however. One is that identical triplets, in my opinion would not have ended up so different from one another despite the separate upbringings. I can understand Judith and Dorthea, but not Abigail. Abigail and Judith both were raised in the same "nurture" environment but were unbelievably different from each other - more like fraternal twins. The other quibble is the cover design and title. Both led me to believe I would be reading a cozy murder mystery. This book is much more than that and deserves better.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Here There Be Monsters 4 août 2014
Par Chelsea Heidt - Publié sur
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I am probably one of very few people in my demographic in the US who has not watched Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones and has not read the Song of Ice and Fire books. Still, much of it has somehow been absorbed into my pop culture subconscious, such as the fact that George R. R. Martin called Walter White a monster worse than anyone in Westeros. And while I know that there are some real doozies of monsters out there in fiction-land, I think Timothy Patrick's character Dorthea Railer could play ball with the worst of them.

Tea Cups & Tiger Claws follows three generations of women, starting with Elma Railer during World War I. Elma gives birth to identical triplets and allows two of them, Abigail and Judith, to be adopted by a duchess, but she keeps the third baby, Dorthea, for herself--presumably out of spite for the people trying to manipulate her into giving up all three of her children. The Railer family is, put simply, white trash, and everyone figures that Dorthea will end up just as bad as the rest of them. She doesn't. She ends up much, much worse. As Dorthea tries to claw her way to the top of Prospect Park society and find her place in the mansion on the hill, she creates her own little underworld, complete with drugs, secret dungeons, kidnapping, and a hefty dose of murder. Sucked into this mess are Abigail and Judith's daughters, good girl Sarah and party girl Veronic, and when Dorthea finally makes her grab for the high life, it's Sarah and Veronica who get caught in the flames.

This is very much a character-driven story, and really all of the characters are reflections of each other, showing what each could have become if things were just a little different. It's written in a mostly-linear fashion, broken up by great chunks of background info on places and people. Still, this exposition is written in such a flowing, fluid style that I didn't feel it bogged down the narrative at all, but instead made it even fuller and richer. The level of detail could have easily strayed into the territory of dull and lifeless, but instead left just enough to the imagination to keep me interested.

There were a few issues--some misplaced or misused words, some typos and rough grammar in a few areas, though not enough to be ruinous to the whole. The thing that bothered me most was part of the mystery I never felt was truly resolved. One of the characters leaves clues tot eh others that are meant to help stop Dorthea. While I am pretty sure I know who the helper is, it was never said outright, and the "how"s and "why"s of the aid are left somewhat in the dark. I really would have liked to see that fleshed out a bit more to add some more completeness to the story. Still, I could gather enough on my own, I guess, and the engaging characters and prose kept me going long after I should have been asleep on more than one night.

4.5 stars out of 5.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing Read 22 mai 2014
Par Rebecca - Publié sur
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This book was one that I downloaded for free because it sounded like an interesting and different kind of story. I was almost immediately pulled in by the voice of the story. It was just so matter of fact, not incredibly emotional and just really to the point while eliciting a response in me. What a despicable husband and wife, drunks and low life kind of people. The first thought has to be what kind of mother is willing to barter her children away for a tea party, a ride in a fancy car and a dress and then hang on to one child just to be spiteful. I tried thinking about that time in history and how when you were poor you were so very poor but there were no real redeeming qualities in Jeb and Ermel Railer. Then there is the triplets, Abigail and Judith who get the life and everything and Dorthea that is unfortunate enough to be stuck with her alcoholic, dead beat parents. At first I really wanted her to succeed, I mean who doesn't like rooting for the underdog but then you start to see her nature come out and you have to think to yourself, nature vs. nurture. Is this who she was born to be or was she shaped this way given that she had nothing and came from nothing vs her sisters who had everything. Then you see that sometimes it doesn't matter who you came from, where you were raised and who did or didn't love you, sometimes it just doesn't matter. There can be greed and spitefulness and spoiled behaviour no matter where you come from. It was so hard to figure out who to 'root' for in this book because so few of them have any redeeming qualities but in the end I loved this book. I started interested but lukewarm and started to like it more and by the time I was done with it and thought about it I really did love this book. Greed, murder, love, mystery, suspense, this book has a little bit of everything while examining humane nature and what can be the dregs of society. If you are looking for a different kind of read I would recommend this one.
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