Every family has secrets. But it is not often that the secret is the defining element of the family's entire existence. In THE PUZZLE BARK TREE by Stephanie Gertler the secret has shaped who the senior Hammonds are and how they raised their two daughters, the eldest in particular.
Plagued by dreams of drowning from an early age, daughter Grace Hammond Barnett is married to Adam, a serious, aloof heart surgeon who has provided her with a beautifully appointed apartment in New York City, yearly extravagant ski trips to Colorado, and all the other frills afforded by wealth, but he can't give her the emotional support she needs. He scoff