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The Guest Book

Sarah Blake


9780670920716

Viking


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Religious & spiritual fiction;
Judaism


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448 pages

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The Miltons are a powerful old New York family - the kind of family that used to run the world. And in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton seem to have it all - an elegant apartment on the Upper East Side, two beautiful little boys, a love everyone envies. When a tragedy befalls them, Ogden comforts Kitty the only way he knows how - they go sailing, picnic on a small island off the coast of Maine, and buy it.

For generations the Miltons of Crockett Island revel in a place that is entirely their own. But it's 1959, and the world is changing - Ogden's firm hire a Jewish man, Len Levy, who earns the admiration of not only his boss, but his boss's beautiful young daughter. When Len and his friend visit the island, the Milton's principles and prejudices are challenged like never before.

At the dawn of the 21st century, the family money has run dry, and the island is up for sale. Returning for one last visit, Kitty's granddaughter uncovers disturbing evidence about her family's wealth - and 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.

By:   Sarah Blake
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   612g
ISBN:   9780670920716
ISBN 10:   0670920711
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Blake is the author of The Postmistress which was shortlisted for the Galaxy Paperback of the Year Award 2011. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, the poet Josh Weiner, and their two sons.


The Guest Book is not only an exploration of the past, but a prophecy of the future. It illuminates a lost world with a brilliance that is neither nostalgic nor sentimental as it leads its characters, as well as the reader, to new and disturbing discoveries about prejudice and privilege. Sarah Blake's understanding of private life at a certain time in America and within a certain class gives us an incisive history of manners and morals, with the understanding that the survival of the spirit, no matter the time, depends upon endurance, tolerance, and solitary grief. -- Susanna Moore, author of 'The Life of Objects' Sarah Blake's powerful, beautifully written story portrays a couple's secret choices that come to haunt succeeding generations. The Guest Book is richly atmospheric and morally compelling in a way that stirs the mind long after the last page. -- Nancy Horan, author of 'Loving Frank' and 'Under the Wide and Starry Sky' I loved The Guest Book. Sarah Blake has managed the extraordinary feat of writing both an intimate family saga and an ambitious excavation of the subterranean currents of race, class, and power that have shaped America. This is a vivid, transporting novel, written by a master conjuror of time and place. -- Jessica Shattuck, New York Times bestselling author of 'The Women in the Castle' A beautifully written, thought provoking novel that I'm telling everyone I know to read * Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, on The Postmistress * Unforgettable, heart-wrenching, captivating. A profoundly moving story of love, loss and life in war time * Sunday Independent on The Postmistress *

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