The Painted Table tells the story of three generations of a Norwegian family who settled in the US. The table was handcrafted in 1800s in Norway and made its way to Minnesota to the family of Knute Kirkeborg and his wife Clara. Knute’s father had painstakingly carved it and sent it to him.
The table passes on to Knute’s daughter, Joann. To her it symbolizes many traumatic childhood memories. Joann keeps painting over the table as she struggles with her past, and tries to fight the mental illness passed on to her from her mother. Watching her mother suffer and seeing how much the table seems to bring pain, Joann’s daughter, Saffee, grows to hate what has become an ugly painted table.
Saffee however, attempts to break the cycle of pain and seek redemption.
In this, her first novel, Suzanne Fields has created a gripping tale of how painful memories and mental illness can hold families for generations. The emotions are raw and one really hopes the story will end on a note of hope. I won’t give the ending away. However, suffice to say that the book kept me wanting to read and find out how the story ended.
I love the issues the story dealt with – family legacies and family secrets – how we can choose whether we will allow them to hold us down or to move towards healing.
I received a free copy of this book for review via Litfuse Publicity.
Suzanne Field is celebrating her novel, The Painted Table, with a beautiful hand-painted table giveaway!
One winner will receive:
- A beautiful hand-painted table (see it here: http://etsy.me/15L90cD)
- The Painted Table by Suzanne Field
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 18th. Winner will be announced January 20th on Thomas Nelson’s Facebook Page.