The Guest Book

The Guest Book

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"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."--
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250110251
Branch Call Number: FIC BLAKE 2019
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 22, 2020

This is just the kind of mulitgenerational novel I love to tuck into. Sweeping tale of three generations of the Milton family with their secrets and their consequences starting in 1935 (think profiting in Nazi Germany) This book showcases old money, racism, homophobia status, privilege, power, choices, inequality, and the economic divide.

Jan 31, 2020

Good story but way too long. Couldn’t wait for it to end.

Nov 12, 2019

Recommended by Laurie

Oct 06, 2019

Per Gail and Barry Swanson

Oct 01, 2019

An excellent read. Generational characters, sometimes hard to determine who/where.
Family of secrets, want to do the right thing. Characters were rich and complex. Some surprises along the way.

Sep 13, 2019

This story sticks with you. The characters are rich and complex to match the choices they make in their lives. I really enjoyed watching those choices unfold over three generations. A great read, writing style is excellent - definitely make sure you have time to focus in on what you’re reading as the author weaves in little bombshells sometimes when you least expect it! :)

Sep 09, 2019

Three generations of a very wealthy, influential family who want to be "good people", who think they are living exemplary lives, but who also harbor secrets about choices made during the rise and power of Hitler Germany. Two strangers enter their lives and challenge them to question who they really are and what they really believe in. The many secrets are eventually uncovered by the granddaughter who has to face the burden of the surprises.

Martha C Benner
Sep 01, 2019

By the time I finished this book I was worn out. It is a good book, well written but so long. Was hard to switch between the generations.

Aug 30, 2019

I agree with other comments posted. The book is good, but too long. Would have really liked to have a family tree at the beginning so that I could keep everyone straight.

Aug 18, 2019

I enjoy these books by Sarah Blake, Just haven't decided If I like having to wait so long for it to finally all tie together

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