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The Guest Book

Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake

The Guest Book

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:45am

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La Jolla, CA 92037

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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, DC with her husband and her two sons.

About the Book:

Sarah Blake, author of the smash hit New York Times bestseller The Postmistress, brings us an ambitious, sweeping family story in which the American present must contend with the darkest chapters of its racist, anti-Semitic past.

The Miltons, it seems, are the American Dream. For three generations, they’ve run a successful family banking business, enjoyed New York City’s cultural life, and passed summers on their private island in Maine. But when the youngest generation of Miltons must consider selling the island, they stumble across family secrets that force them to ask, at whose expense are they living their dream?

1959 brings two idealistic young friends into the Miltons’ lives: Len Levy and Reg Pauling. They have worked hard to get where they are, and they want to change the world. Len has earned a spot working as one of the only Jews at Ogden Milton’s bank in New York City, and he has a vision of making investment banking available to the masses. Reg, after graduating Harvard, roams the city taking photographs of passersby to document their disgust at seeing him, a black man, in their midst. Over the course of one tumultuous summer, they will earn the admiration, love, and scorn of the Milton family.

Then, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, Ogden’s granddaughter must decide whether she and her cousins should sell the very thing that makes them the Miltons: their island. As she returns to the house and her memories of it, she comes face to face with the people her family kept down on their rise to the top. Threading together three generations of Miltons in a rich tapestry filled with budding romance and deep grief, gorgeous writing and bitterly accurate social criticism, Blake examines whether you can really ever know your past, and the responsibility that comes with learning the truth.

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The Guest Book: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250110251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019