The Guest Book (Large Print / Library Binding)

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I compulsively read this novel from the opening chapter to the very last page. This is the story of three generations of the Milton family, and their power and privilege. In 1935, Kitty and Ogden appear to have everything, but when tragedy strikes, Ogden buys Kitty an island, wth a house, in Maine. The island and house become a part of the family as year after year they go back for the summer season.  The story continues with Milton Family children and grandchildren, who in the 21st century find themselves unable to afford to keep the island and house. As Kitty’s granddaughter returns to the island to determine it’s fate, she begins to uncover the layers of secrets that have been kept over the generations, and contemplates whether some wrongs can ever be righted. These engrossing characters are layered with storytelling that unveils their truths with such perfect pacing and skill that you just cannot stop reading.It effortlessly intertwines the past with the present in an exploration of how wealth and privilege have embedded racism and power into America for generations. 

— Cassie

May 2019 Indie Next List


“I began The Guest Book expecting an excellent family saga set, in part, on an island in Maine. The magic of the family home is palpable as three generations build loyalty, identity, and memories there. But what I read was far, far more. This is a history of our country’s evolution through matters of race, class, and politics, and it relates compellingly to our current struggles with those topics as the characters grapple with the underpinnings of privilege, familial love, and morality. Sarah Blake has written a stunning and complex novel that lingers in your mind long after the last page.”
— Dana Brigham, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA

Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List


“A cozy-chair, cup-of-tea, wrapped-in-a-blanket kind of novel, The Guest Book takes the reader through three generations. As you delve into the lives and personalities of the Milton family’s seemingly perfectly ordered and charmed world, the cracks gradually begin to show. Through the denial of the news in Nazi Germany, the taboo of speaking of one’s illness or someone’s homosexuality, or the hiding of a friend that is of a different skin color or religion, we see through the eyes of this family that history does repeat itself and lessons are hard learned. If you enjoyed The Postmistress, you will enjoy this. Lots of discussion for reading groups.”
— Nona Camuel, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY

About the Author


Sarah Blake is the author of the novels Grange House and the New York Times bestseller The Postmistress. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two sons.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781432866396
ISBN-10: 1432866397
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: June 26th, 2019
Pages: 732
Language: English