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 struggled to get through the first 50 or so pages—I think partially because it took a while to get used to the present tense format the novel is written in and partially because it took that long for Saffee to move to center stage. But I am so glad I stuck with it. While difficult to read at times, The Painted Table paints a vivid picture of the power of God to heal and restore.
My rating: 4 stars
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