A beautiful heirloom ingrained with family memory has become a totem of a life Saffee would rather forget—a childhood disrupted by her mother’s mental illness.
Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother’s obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint, and heavy with unsettling memories.
After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. But as an adult with a family of her own, Saffee must confront her mother’s torment if she wants to defend herself against it.
Traversing four generations over the course of a century,The Painted Table is an epic portrait of inherited memory, proclivity, and guilt. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact—like a family member—can bear the marks of one’s entire past . . . as well as intimations of one’s redemption.
About The Author:
Suzanne Field, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has taught English as a Second Language in China, Ukraine, and Hawaii. She has also been a magazine editor and home-school teacher. She and her husband have five children and divide their time between Kansas and Hawaii where she is a tutor and mentor.
I was taken in by the story line and topic of mental illness from the very first pages of The Painted Table! When a story covers multiple generations and chapters are written from the various viewpoints this can at times be overwhelming to the reader. However, this was not the case in The Painted Table. I felt that it was a very well-written book, with raw honesty felt with each character, and was written with such vulnerbility that you could not help but be impacted by the story. A stark reminder that God is with us through whatever life brings us to and He will always bring us through. The Painted Table was a book that you will not want to put down, and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***