Thorndike Press

The Guest Book

  • Sarah Blake
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  • ISBN-10: 1432873830
  • ISBN-13: 9781432873837
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.85 lbs ( .84 kgs)
  • 732 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released June 2020
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No. This simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936, will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life. Kitty and her husband, Ogden, are both from well-regarded families, and they summer on their island in Maine. But in 1959 New York City, two strangers enter the Miltons’ circle. One captures the attention of Kitty’s daughter, while the other makes each of them question what the family stands for. In the present day, the third generation of Miltons can’t afford the island in Maine. And, after Evie Milton’s mother dies, Evie digs into her mother’s and grandparents’ history, discovering an unsettling story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth.


Customer Reviews

“Breathtaking . . . Blake saturates each scene with sensuous and emotional vibrancy while astutely illuminating sensitive moral quandaries. Blake deftly interrogates the many shades of prejudice and ‘the ordinary, everyday wickedness of turning away.’ Blake’s brilliant and ravishing novel promises to hit big.”

— Booklist (starred)

“The story of the Miltons engages not just with history and politics, but with the poetry of the physical world. This novel sets out to be more than a juicy family saga ― it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both counts.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“This powerful family saga . . . is potent and mesmerizing.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Thought-provoking and propulsive . . . Welcome to old money, new heartbreak, big secrets, and the kind of mouthwatering picnics nobody packs in real life (boiled eggs, tin of sandwiches, bottles of gin). But the North Star of Sarah Blake’s The Guest Book isn’t the Milton family ― although they are fascinating, even the ghosts ― it’s the Maine island cottage where they spend their summers.”

— The New York Times Book Review