The Guest Book

The Guest Book

Book - 2019
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"A novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations, The Guest Book examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America. It is a literary triumph. The Guest Book follows three generations of a powerful American family, a family that "used to run the world." And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything--perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies. In 1959 a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden's bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len's best friend, Reg Pauling, has always been the only black man in the room--at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons' island in Maine. An island that, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this last generation doesn't have the money to keep. When Kitty's granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather's past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life. An ambitious novel that weaves the American past with its present, Sarah Blake's The Guest Book looks at the racism and power that has been systemically embedded in the U.S. for generations" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250110251
Characteristics: 484 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 05, 2019

Spanning from New York in the '30's with Kittie and Ogden Milton to the later grand-kid's generation Blake keeps the reader engaged and interested. She diligently places us with each character pondering the challenge in thinking, doing, and feeling in relationships frought with prejudice, upbringing, and living with thinking of the times. Many of the issues exist today cloaked in our conditioning. Love, loss, and personal history make this a captivating read.

DCLadults Jun 25, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. It’s been nine years since the author of the bestselling “The Postmistress” published a book. Here is a family saga that spans generations. The buzz is that this is THE book of summer 2019.

debwalker Apr 24, 2019

Literary telling of the rise and fall of a WASP family with big secrets.


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