ELIZABETH Garden's Tree of Lives

What is it about abuse

that is handed down

like grandmother's silver?

a timeless family tragedy

a girl

An artist. A rock and roller.

A psychic. A relentless optimist.

What can go right?


Weddings. Divorces. Secrets. Personality disorders. Betrayals.

Will the cycle ever end?

a secret

A family man. A WW1 veteran.

An insane asylum. An escape.

What can go wrong?

Based on actual events, Tree of Lives follows Ruth, an unconventional commercial artist, and her murderous great uncle Raymond. He is a ghost with a tragic secret who desperately wants to make amends. She is the only one willing to help, but first she needs to overcome a lifetime of heartbreaking turns.



"Life is like a garden. For an abundant harvest, we must water abundantly,

thin carefully, nourish the soil and watch for uninvited pests.”

So says author Elizabeth Garden, 63, who spent her Wonder Years in Connecticut's Fairfield County. A frustrated horse enthusiast, she channeled her appreciation of their magnificence into painting and design. Despite struggling as a single mother, she built a successful career as an award-winning art director. She enjoys studying human and spiritual potential.

Tree of Lives is her first book.


If you resonate with the topics in Tree of Lives, here are some helpful links.

Narcissistic personality disorder

Suicide prevention

Al Anon

Al Ateen

DNA testing

Breast cancer

Children of Alcoholics


Jewish learning


Stop Walking on Eggshells  by Paul T. Mason, MS & Randy Kreger

Running on Empty’  by Jonice Webb

The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists  by Eleanor Payson

this book covers a lot of ground