The Guest Book



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. New Download [ The Guest Book ] by [ Sarah Blake ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 484 pages
  • The Guest Book
  • Sarah Blake
  • English
  • 23 February 2017

10 thoughts on “The Guest Book

  1. Julie 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, 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 ...

  2. Jeffrey Keeten 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...

  3. Angela M 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 the island off the coast of Maine that he just has to buy it I want this place, he said quietly I want this house to be ours And everyone sailing by would know it stood for us It would mean something They d see it and think, there s the Milton place Kitty and Ogden Milton 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 the island off the coast of Maine that he just has to buy it I want this place, he said quietly I want this house to be ours And everyone sailing by would know it stood for us It would mean something They d see it and think, there s the Milton place Kitty and Ogden Milton The Milton s of Crockett s Island The mother s belief that they are somehow better, know better and are above anything even prejudice But it s a self delusion really, as they harbor deep seated bias and prejudice that they don t show outwardly But, Kitty s ...

  4. Jennifer 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 s...

  5. Ron Charles 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 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 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 home.As soon as they bury their son, everyone agrees that it s best not to mention it Best not to dwell on it S...

  6. Debra 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, ...

  7. leslie hamod Temporarily off line, still reading! says:

    This book is THE BOOK for general fiction in 2019 An amazing, brilliant read which will have the power of Steinbach An incredible read encompassing three generations, the origins and fall of the old wealth A book which comments on society and bigotry of pre war money, behavior and views on to the recent past This is a profound novel, one which holds y...

  8. Elyse Walters 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 muchto add But this book has me wondering I just can t seem to care enough about it enough Could be the HOT WEATHER lol 100 degrees here for days If my local book club picks it I 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...

  9. Michelle says:

    An emotional, heart wrenching story of true love is one aspect of why I loved this multi generational story The Guest Book will not be on everyone s best list, but it definitely is on mine.Ogden and Kitty Milton are a couple that have it all Wealth, privilege, love and the right lineage They suffer a tragedy early in the book and for that Kitty has a hard time coping To help snap Kitty out of it , Ogden buys her an island off the coast of Maine, where they can summer each year with their la An emotional, heart wrenching story of true love is one aspect of why I loved this multi generational story The Guest Book will not be on everyone s best list, but it definitely is on mine.Ogden and Kitty Milton are a couple that have it all Wealth, privilege, love and the right lineage They suffer a tragedy early in the book and for that Kitty has a hard time coping To help snap Kitty out of it , Ogden buys her an island off the coast of Maine, where they can summer each year with their large family and use it as a place to repair and recover from immense grief We also read from the perspective of Moss, Joan and Evelyn their children and then Evie one of their granddaughters Evie is the grandchild that takes her love of the island the most seriously and when it becomes financially clear that it might not be possible for the island to stay in the family any longer, she puts everything on the line to keep it, even when she...

  10. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader 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 genera...

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