The Guest Book

The Guest Book

Book - 2019
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The bereaved matriarch of a powerful early-twentieth-century American family makes a fateful decision that reverberates throughout two subsequent generations further impacted by racism, reversed circumstances, and disturbing revelations.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250110251
1250110254
Branch Call Number: F BLAKE
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 25 cm

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Swannetje
Nov 12, 2019

Recommended by Laurie

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marystrubledeery
Oct 06, 2019

Per Gail and Barry Swanson

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betz1
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.

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Erbrassell
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! :)

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betsymarzoni
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.

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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.

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msmari50
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.

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Readyreader1st
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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das1956
Aug 12, 2019

A good story...had me sobbing at the end!
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 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.

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pirate66
Aug 12, 2019

Good book but there are so many characters (some with same first name) that I had to make a list to keep everyone straight. Entertaining but a bit long.

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