General Fiction. When a prairie fire threatened her home, young Joann hid under her family's beautiful heirloom table from Norway. Later, as a new wife and mother in the 1940s and 50s, she raises her daughter, Saffee, while slowly succumbing to mental illness and obsessively repainting the family table. In the second half of the book, an adult Saffee -- who worries that she, too, will develop a mental illness -- inherits the table, which is ingrained with family memories she would rather forget. "This beautifully written debut novel" (Library Journal
) shines a poignant light on a timely yet often ignored topic; another book that addresses mental health issues, The Healer's Touch
by Lori Copeland, will be released in August.