Tim Ricker Launches His Memoir, 'Jigsaw'

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Tim Ricker's life journey leads him through a gamut of social issues and life experiences that are entwined with abuse, alcoholism, marriage, parenting, homosexuality and relationships, care-giving for an aging parent, career building, and personal growth.

In his newly released memoir, 'Jigsaw,' Tim Ricker tells an emotional story about his tumultuous journey through life. He shares a reflective and personal account of a painful childhood in the 1950s and 60s followed by a life filled with intriguing events and people. While on his journey, Tim grows to be wiser and achieves a sense of peace.

In 1959, Tim's journey begins when his family moves to Florida. For a nine year old, life becomes extremely difficult. An alcoholic and abusive father and an alcoholic mother have a profound effect on him that lasts for years. He faces such traumatic events as the death of his baby sister and his father's severe physical abuse inflicted on his mother. Tim was forced to grow up quickly as he took on the role of his mother's protector. At a very young age, he learns a valuable life lesson: "You deal with the hand life deals you."

Tim's life story is that of a young boy who entered adulthood too soon. With no parental role models, readers will observe how Tim's chaotic childhood affected his choices as an adult. With each experience and relationship, Tim is able to overcome his own demons and gain insight into his own sense of self. Whether it was Dennis, a partner for 17 years and eventual life friend, or Bob, who brought chaos and confusion into his life, Tim is able to process the experiences to better understand his own complexities. He shares a number of deeply personal experiences such as his suicide attempt and the pain he felt when his son rejected him. Throughout it all, Tim manages to fit the pieces of his life together.

Book Reviews:
Tracy Roberts: Write Field Services
"With thoughtful writing that is sometimes witty and sometimes sentimental, 'Jigsaw' tells the story of a man, who is not just gay, but also a son, husband, father, lover, care taker, friend, and grandparent. It is a story that shows we are truly the sum of our parts. It is highly recommended to readers who enjoy compelling memoirs."

Book Ordering:
'Jigsaw' is published by iUniverse, ISBN: 0595512216, and can be purchased online at Amazon.com and BN.com. The author's website is http://www.timrickersr.com.

About the Author:Tim Ricker's unorthodox path led him from high school dropout to successful COO with a 40 year career that gave him entree to the world. He balances his time in Washington, DC aboard the yacht Temptress, and his homes in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, and Park City, Utah.

If you are interested in reviewing 'Jigsaw', or arranging for a talk and book signing, or interview, please contact Tim Ricker at Tricker (at) wef (dot) org, or by phone at 703-801-8010.

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