Readers and reviewers alike fell in love with Jimmy's Girl and The Puzzle Bark Tree . In her new novel, Drifting, Stephanie Gertler once again reveals her gift for exploring the ways in which families experience love and loss.
In the coastal town of Drifting, Connecticut, in a Victorian inn perched at the ocean's edge, Claire lives with her husband, Eli. Although her own children are grown, Claire is still haunted by the absence of her mother, who abandoned her when she was a baby. When Nicholas Pierce and his blind seven-year-old daughter, Kayla, come to stay at the inn, the young child's affinity for Claire begins to resonate within her. Unwittingly, Claire finds herself drawn into a struggle to save Kayla when dark truths begin to emerge about Nicholas. Ultimately, the challenge to save Kayla unleashes Claire's own need to find her missing mother.
Fearlessly plumbing the hidden depths of the heart, Stephanie Gertler has crafted a wise and moving novel that tests the bonds of mothers and daughters and their ability to transcend any obstacle.