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.
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 jealousy, conceit, and the deadly ambition that once again will throw the sisters together. It’s a journey that spans fifty years, three generations, and innumerable twists and turns. From a shantytown that harbors the unwanted, all the way up to a mansion that hosts presidents, “Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” will take you through the dark and crooked byways of a truly captivating thriller/saga.