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 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 21st 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, 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 force. Free Read eBook The Guest Book by Sarah Blake – firstchance10k.co.ukThe Guest Book

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 448 pages
  • The Guest Book
  • Sarah Blake
  • English
  • 14 August 2018

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 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, ther 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, bu...

  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 string these together and say here is what happened And history would 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 string these together and say here is what happened And history would sit back on her heels and laugh and laugh Most families have secrets tucked away in every nook and cranny of their family history The Miltons are no different, maybe justso because they are a rarefied breed of the American success story that most dream about, but few obtainThey expected the moon, and they got it And the...

  3. says:

    Privilege Secrets History Family.The Guest Book is a sweeping tale of three generations of the Milton family This book moves back and forth in time, showcasing secrets and consequences This book showcases old money, racism, glamour, status, opulence, limelight, privilege, power, choices, inequality, and the economic divide Each generation showcases the mindset of not only the family but society at large With each new generation comes acceptance, awareness, growth and change But is it eno Privilege Secrets History Family.The Guest Book is a sweeping tale of three generations of the Milton family This book moves back and forth in time, showcasing secrets and consequences This book showcases old money, racism, glamour, status, opulence, limelight, privilege, power, choices, inequality, and the economic divide Each generation showcases the mindset of not only the family but society at large With each new generation comes acceptance, awareness, growth and change But is it enough Time changes, society changes, the beliefs of society changes, but seriously is it enough What happens to a family that has it all heck, they even own their own island and over time becomes a family desperately trying to hold on to it When a family feels their privilege but doesn t want to lose it The family home ahem, island has been handed down, but so has elitism, racism and antisemitism What happens when change o...

  4. says:

    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 death.Such 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 decor There s a st...

  5. says:

    The Guest Book is epic in its scope covering three generations of a larger than life, well to do American family In the beginning of the story, it s 1935 Kitty and Ogden Milton have all the best in life adorable children, beautiful appearances, and the perfect relationship with each other A tragedy happens, and Ogden attempts to soothe Kitty by buying an island for her in Maine That house holds such importance for the family in the present and the future It s also where Kitty proc The Guest Book is epic in its scope covering three generations of a larger than life, well to do American family In the beginning of the story, it s 1935 Kitty and Ogden Milton have all the best in life adorable children, beautiful appearances, and the perfect relationship with each other A tragedy happens, and Ogden attempts to soothe Kitty by buying an island for her in Maine That house holds such importance for the family in the present and the future It s also where Kitty proclaims something that will never be forgotten, the effects of which potentially rippling down to her grandchildren s generation Years later, in 1959, Len Levy, is employed by Ogden s bank Ogden and one of his daughters accept and admire Len, but no one else does Not only do they not like him, they despise him Why Because he s...

  6. says:

    The Guest Book is a sweeping family saga that shines a glaring light on the effects of privilege as well as cultural and racial divisions and injustices in the United States Secondarily, the novel examines the issue of whether a distinction should be made between inaction and willful decision making when an individual is faced with a moral dilemma, and the age old issue of buried family secrets Spanning three generations, the book focuses on the Milton family, a powerful East Coast family, beg The Guest Book is a sweeping family saga that shines a glaring light on the effects of privilege as well as cultural and racial divisions and injustices in the United States Secondarily, the novel examines the issue of whether a distinction should be made between inaction and willful decision making when an individual is faced with a moral dilemma, and the age old issue of buried family secrets Spanning three generations, the book focuses on the Milton family, a powerful East Coast family, beginning with Ogden and Kitty Milton in the mid 1930 s Both Ogden and Kitty make choices that reverberate for years to come, and much of The Guest Book addresses the tragic impact of those decisions on their children and grandchildren.Blake s prose is carefully and beautifully crafted She raises a variety of thought provoking issues requiring her readers to contemplate how these issues impact him or her and how the country can continue to learn from the past The book will be perfect for book club...

  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 quite am willing to love it The blot upon its freshly starched canvas is of such a nature, however, that it doesthan 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 all.Let s begin at the beginning, shall we Please note that there will be some low key spoilers thro 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 quite am willing to love it The blot upon its freshly starched canvas is of such a nature, however, that it doesthan 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 all.Let s begin at the beginning, shall we Please note that there will be some low key spoilers throughout this review.The front cover of The Guest Book ARC which I so kindly thank you, thank you so very much received from Flatiron Books features a quote from Cynthia St John of Kepler s Books in Menlo Park, California This quote, writ large and sleek across the ARC cover, states simply that Sarah Blake has written the Great American Novel I m a...

  8. 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 t...

  9. says:

    I really wanted to like this bookgiven 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 but never really makes any progress besides highlighting differences between characters and their inner struggles Additionally, the extremely long sentences had me frustrated at points as it made finding a rhythm difficult Finally, after dragging th ...

  10. says:

    Thank you MacMillan Flatiron Books for this beautiful ARC.This book is simply remarkable, the writing, family dynamic, just everything I loved it Pub day is soon Definitely recommend.

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