Thursday, January 9, 2014

Litfuse Review: The Painted Table by:Suzanne Field

The Painted Table: Honoring Mother--By Not Becoming Her
About the Book:
 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.

My Review:
Saffee's life was always enjoyable, that is until her father had to join the navy. She loved her father a great deal, and fussed constantly when he wasn't home. But with her father leaving that meant her mother had to find work. Saffee's life was about to change but is it for the good?

Joann had never pictured herself as a mother, but now that's the one thing she wants to be. Having to leave her daughter, Saffee, years ago, with her own mother, seems to be the hardest thing she's done. Now finding out her mental health is failing , she tries everything in her power to hold on to the life she had and to be there for her daughter. But is it enough?

Nels had went in the Navy to help his country. But when he came home and many years after,his wife and daughter were never the same. His wife having mental issues and his daughter not able to cope with all that has happened over the years, he feels he's failed as both a father and a husband. But when something tragic happens, Nels is right there with them ,through thick and thin.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.