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The Guest Book

review The Guest Book Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Hat 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 diesIn 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 MaineAn island that at the dawn of the 21st century this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. 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 deathSuch 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 homeAs 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 boutiue blend of gold and goodness can protect them from the vicissitudes of life even as their dynasty dissipates with each passing generation The Guest Book offers an exhaustive study of Brahmin pain the suffering stoically endured by that class of people who ask each other Where do you summer It s part of a long distinguished line of beautiful costume dramas that allow us good liberals to luxuriate in the silken folds of privilege while reassuring ourselves that such privilege is doomed To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert

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review The Guest Book Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 T. 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 uietly 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 offBut 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 are not above everything so no amount of their money or status could make them immune to tragedy to unhappiness for some of them and there are some heartbreaking moments This started out a little slow for me but then I found that I was so pulled in by wanting to know all of the things that had happened to get to the present day where the grandchildren of Ogden and Kitty Milton are in disagreement over what to do with the island I was pulled in by the writing as I was in a previous novel by Blake The Postmistress There was one chapter Chapter Twelve that depicts the house and the island and the family over the years so beautifully that I found myself highlighting long passagesThe alternating narrative focus on the family in the mid 1930 s late 1950 s and then late 1990 s and reflect how the ideals of the family change as well as being a commentary on racism antisemitism class It is all of those things but it is also a story of family and it a story of love stories It s a fairly lengthy book at almost 450 pages but once I got the rhythm of the chapters which are not chronological I couldn t stop reading the story of the Milton s of Crockett s IslandI received an advanced copy of this book from Flatiron Books though NetGalley

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review The Guest Book Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 lifeAn 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 forc. 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 Could be the HOT WEATHER lol 100 degrees here for days If my local book club picks it I ll try again but for now glad many people liked itI m going to say goodbye to it for now

  • Hardcover
  • 496
  • The Guest Book
  • Sarah Blake
  • English
  • 02 May 2017
  • 9781250110251