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.The Guest Book

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.

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  • 484 pages
  • The Guest Book
  • Sarah Blake
  • English
  • 20 February 2017

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, 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 never change It seems to promise You will not die On and on Like a painting Here you are As long as the Island stands, we stand Time never minds Evie is fightin...

  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 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 just so because they are a rarefied breed of the American success story that most dream about, but few obtain They expected the moon, and they got it And they got it all, all the while impeccably dressed The rich have immunity from the hiccups and bumps in the road than the rest of us do, but as I always say, Life doesn t let any of us escape ...

  3. 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 enj...

  4. 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 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 son Moss knows things need to change Why are we here How did we get here To this point in time The situation with the Negroes Dad was talking as if it didn t matter what the television show was called, just that the blacks were sounding off..But why are they sounding off It s the why that has us here The show was called The Hate That Hate Produced Len Levy, the young Jewish man who works for Ogden and falls in love with his daughter knows It was a game, wasn t it, after all Come and visit, if you re up there anyway, come and see us You went to Columbia, you went to Wall Street, but you were a visitor How could he have missed it He was a guest The Milton s, though...

  5. 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 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 Some things were better off left unsaid This is very much a novel about what is left unsaid, which is ironic considering that so much is said hundreds and hundreds of pages of repressed grief and strained smiles Despite its dramatic opening, the bulk of the story is far immersive than propulsive These are people who imagine their bout...

  6. 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 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 occurs What happens when you look back at your heritage What happens when you learn certain truths about your family What happens when secrets come out This book started slowly for me and I admit it took me a long time to get through this book In the beginning, there were times I felt this book was painfully slow and then I would put it down and pick up another book But I trudged along and soon found myself enjoying it This book is told through three POVs in three different times The book is a family saga but also looks at class, racism lo...

  7. 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 you in...

  8. 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 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 Jewish On top of that, Len s best friend is a black man, often the only black man in the room in social gatherings, at college, and in the Milton s Maine house Moving along, in the late 1990s, the Miltons can no longer afford to own the island Kitty s grandchildren may have to sell it, but one of her granddaughters, Evie, refuses to accept this Her husband uncovers a scandal related to Ogden, and now she realizes the potential root of all the secrets embedded in her family The Guest Book blends past and present in a powerful narrative addressing multi generational racism in all its insidiousness The writing is beautiful, and the themes are absolutely thought provoking Sar...

  9. 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 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 learns of controversial circumstances in which her grandparents acquired it The Guest Book must be read deliberately and at t...

  10. 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...

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