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.
I feel that this is a highly emotional, realistic look at a very sensitive, but important subject: mental illness. I was heartbroken for Saffee as she suffered in dealing with her mother’s “eccentricities” and bouts of insanity. Reading about her journey from a child into adulthood, I was truly touched and emotionally charged as she was finally able to escape the house that held so much misery for her. More so, I was touched when Saffee was able to escape the emotional bonds that were around her as she was forced to face her demons and history and then to overcome. I felt for her mother, Joann, and honestly, at times I felt it was hard to read, simply because I know on a very small scale how all-consuming mental illness can be. A very emotional story, but a very well-written one, and one that I would recommend. Suzanne Field wrote a powerful story. I rate The Painted Table 4 stars: I really liked it.
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