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Publisher Description

Instant New York Times Bestseller
Longlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
2020 New England Society Book Award Winner for Fiction

The Guest Book is monumental in a way that few novels dare attempt.” —The Washington Post

The thought-provoking new novel by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Blake

An exquisitely written, poignant family saga that illuminates the great divide, the gulf that separates the rich and poor, black and white, Protestant and Jew. Spanning three generations, The Guest Book deftly examines the life and legacy of one unforgettable family as they navigate the evolving social and political landscape from Crockett’s Island, their family retreat off the coast of Maine. Blake masterfully lays bare the memories and mistakes each generation makes while coming to terms with what it means to inherit the past.

Fiction & Literature
May 7
Flatiron Books

Customer Reviews

Cut wood ,

Very good.

Great story. Interesting and complex characters. Beautiful prose and descriptions. Insightful about the human condition. So why four stars instead of five? At points, the beautiful descriptions became tedious because there were too many of them. Not every little thing is worthy of a detailed description. But overall worth reading.

HermesOrange ,

Compelling with sublime nuance

This book was far from what I first expected, and delivered a rich tapestry of intertwined historical and contemporary narratives. It was most enjoyable in parallel ways - the exquisite writing and entertainment value, coupled with social commentary and societal explorations. The second half of the book I could not help but read I’m a matter of hours!

Joanabake ,

The Guest Book

A story about race and family and privilege that never bangs you over the head. The prose walks along in an ordinary way until, suddenly, there is a paragraph or a sentence of incredible beauty that you have to go back and reread, and visualize. I was mesmerized by the complexity of the Milton’s history and by the power of the unsaid to control the destinies of so many people.

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