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The Guest Book

An unforgettable love story 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 T. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake is a 2019 Flatiron Books publication An Epic multi generational family saga exposing long buried secrets and truths not only providing a mirrored reflection of the privileged Milton s but of the entire country as well There is the crime and there is silence In the mid thirties golden couple Ogden and Kitty Milton recovering from a horrific tragedy purchase Crockett Island making it a point of renewal They will summer there every year of their lives thereafter as do their children and their grandchildren But now the money has run out and the house is in ill repair leaving the painful decision about the island s future to rest in the hands of the only surviving family members a trio of cousins who each have their own agenda Nothing will ever change Sunlight Starlight Drinks on the dock A single sail out in the bay It will n An Impolite Seduction (Countess Trilogy year of their lives thereafter as do their children and their grandchildren But now the money has run out and the house is in ill repair leaving the painful decision about the island s future to rest in the hands of the only surviving family members a trio of cousins who each have their own agenda Nothing will ever change Sunlight Starlight Drinks on the dock A single sail out in the bay It will n

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Hat 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 diesIn 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 MaineAn island that at the dawn of the 21st century this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. There s a stunning scene toward the beginning of Sarah Blake s new novel The Guest Book that follows a wealthy young mother gliding around New York and then to her elegant mansion in a charmingly choreographed dance of delight that ends with her 5 year old son falling from a window to his deathSuch a tragedy might shatter other families but the Miltons are not other families Ogden and Kitty Milton are the union of America s bluest bloodlines aristocrats who have provided a model of decorum to a grateful nation since they arrived on the Mayflower Always remember you are a Milton a young scion is advised Not a Lowell Ogden guides the family s Wall Street firm with wisdom and discretion just as Kitty manages their homeAs soon as they bury their son everyone agrees that it s best not to mention it Best not to dwell on it Some things were bett Promises in Tumble Creek year after Mischief and Marriage year after Cold Case, Hot Accomplice (Men of Wolf Creek, year And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she diesIn 1959 a Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, 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 MaineAn island that at the dawn of the 21st century this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. There s a stunning scene toward the beginning of Sarah Blake s new novel The Guest Book that follows a wealthy Her Husbands Christmas Bargain young mother gliding around New York and then to her elegant mansion in a charmingly choreographed dance of delight that ends with her 5 The Geography of Witchcraft year old son falling from a window to his deathSuch a tragedy might shatter other families but the Miltons are not other families Ogden and Kitty Milton are the union of America s bluest bloodlines aristocrats who have provided a model of decorum to a grateful nation since they arrived on the Mayflower Always remember Hold On To Me you are a Milton a Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law young scion is advised Not a Lowell Ogden guides the family s Wall Street firm with wisdom and discretion just as Kitty manages their homeAs soon as they bury their son everyone agrees that it s best not to mention it Best not to dwell on it Some things were bett

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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 lifeAn ambitious novel that weaves the American past with its present The Guest Book looks at the racism and power that has been systemically embedded in the US for generations Brimming with gorgeous writing and bitterly accurate social criticism it is a literary tour de forc. This is a novel about white guilt and it does so many things right and cares about so many of the right things that I almost but not uite am willing to love it The blot upon its freshly starched canvas is of such a nature however that it does than just prevent me from loving the book it renders it in its entirety so deeply problematic that I m not entirely sure how to feel about it at allLet s begin at the beginning shall we Please note that there will be some low key spoilers throughout this reviewThe front cover of The Guest Book ARC which I so kindly thank you thank you so very much received from Flatiron Books features a uote from Cynthia St John of Kepler s Books in Menlo Park California This uote writ large and sleek across the ARC cover states simply that Sarah Blake has written the Great American Novel I m assuming the implicit capitaliza

  • Hardcover
  • 496
  • The Guest Book
  • Sarah Blake
  • English
  • 18 June 2018
  • 9781250110251

About the Author: Sarah Blake

Sarah is the author of the novels Grange House the bestselling The Postmistress and The Guest Book forthcoming; a chapbook of poems Full Turn and the artist book Runaway Girls in collaboration with the artist Robin Kahn She lives in Washington DC with her husband the poet Joshua Weiner their two sons and a little white dog



10 thoughts on “The Guest Book

  1. says:

    The Guest Book by Sarah Blake is a 2019 Flatiron Books publication An Epic multi generational family saga exposing long buried secrets and truths not only providing a mirrored reflection of the privileged Milton’s but of the entir

  2. says:

    ”She knew silence often flew in between families and roosted Slow inexplicable angers grew without roots Nothing special no story What the study of history had taught her clearly after years and years was that she might pull up the single moments from the darkness where they lay centuries old she might point to a spot in time a line in a diary the particular shredding of a blue ribbon used to tie a shoe she might str

  3. says:

    4 starsA family saga spanning three generations a story complicated by secrets that take decades to be revealed A privileged family with money a father so conscious of the family status reflected in the symbol of t

  4. says:

    Lovely writing a historical family drama featuring generations of characters a focus on important social themes related race and privilege Slow and a bit lengthy for my personal preference but I can see many readers enjoying this overallThank you to Flatiron Books for generously mailing me an advance readers' edition of Sarah Blak

  5. says:

    There’s a stunning scene toward the beginning of Sarah Blake’s new novel “The Guest Book” that follows a wealthy yo

  6. says:

    Privilege Secrets History FamilyThe Guest Book is a sweeping tale of three generations of the Milton family This

  7. says:

    This is a novel about white guilt and it does so many things right and cares about so many of the right things that I almost—but not uite—am willing to love it The blot upon its freshly starched canvas is of such a nature however that it does than just prevent me from loving the book; it renders it in its entirety so deeply problematic that I’m not entirely sure how to feel about it—at allLet’s begin at the beg

  8. says:

    Not rating itBut also not going to finish it It’s rare for me to mention a book I’ve not finished a few times some books I read and don’t even mark let alone review because it was OK or I just didn’t feel like writing anything—or there are already TONS of reviews and I don’t feel I have much to add But this book has me wondering I just can’t seem to care enough about it enough Could be the HOT WEATHER lo

  9. says:

    I really wanted to like this book given the high praise it received but I just couldn’t First the plot is so loose that the thread holding the story together is barely visible sometimes Second the book tries to address issues of otherness

  10. says:

    “‘Do you remember that day right before she died when Granny K told us there were two moments at the gate in every life?’Evie nodded ‘One at the beginning’‘And one in the middle’ It had been her last summer They had fil

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