We’re inviting readers to share their experiences reading Marble on a Table: A Novel by Eugene Havens, published by The Writing Thing Press.
Messy, Strenuous, Genuine
by Kevin Fournier
Marble on a Table is a stimulating novel about a clash of ideals. Two worldviews collide in 1990s-era New York City, cracking the foundations of belief, and prompting the reader to wonder: which way will the marble roll?
Rasmus Smith is a cynic who finds himself increasingly desperate to make ends meet. Working in an unprincipled film industry in an unforgiving city, Rasmus finds himself questioning what, if anything, is right anymore. As he searches for meaning, Rasmus brashly takes a moral stand at one moment. Then, he rushes headlong into a toxic relationship the next.
Two worldviews collide in 1990s-era New York City, cracking the foundations of belief
At his lowest point, Rasmus meets Alli. A religious optimist, Alli allures Rasmus with her charm and irritates him with her unrelenting idealism. It seems she is the guiding light he needs. As is often the case in life, Alli fails to measure up to her ideals, leading Rasmus and Alli to push and pull against each other like binary stars. Watching their unstable orbits leads us to question our modern faith in absolute convictions.
Marble on a Table is a poignant journey of faith and love operating in the real world. These characters will make frustrating choices, as humans often do. Although there may be a moment or two that feels out of character, Rasmus and Alli’s relationship is expertly crafted. The dialogue between them rings true, and you’ll swear you are eavesdropping. Eugene Havens tells a story of redemption as it would likely happen: messy and strenuous, yet genuine.