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Guest Book | Sarah Blake
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"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 review)The thought-provoking new novel by New York Times bestselling author Sarah BlakeA lifetime of secrets. A history untold.No. It is a simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936. And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life. Kitty and her husband, Ogden, are both from families considered the backbone of the country. But this refusal will come to be Kitty's defining moment, and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. For while they summer on their island in Maine, anchored as they are to the way things have always been, the winds of change are beginning to stir.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. This new generation insists the times are changing. And in one night, everything does.So much so that in the present day, the third generation of Miltons doesn't have enough money to keep the island in Maine. Evie Milton's mother has just died, and as Evie digs into her mother's and grandparents' history, what she finds is a story as unsettling as it is inescapable, the story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth.Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. It shows the untold secrets we inherit and pass on, unknowingly echoing our parents and grandparents. Sarah Blake's triumphant novel tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning.
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crhealey
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I‘ve switched to red wine but my Friday night plans haven‘t really changed. #finallyfallweather #actuallyanoreaster

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crhealey
Guest Book | Sarah Blake
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Today is a godawful miserable day that basically nothing could cheer up but I am looking forward to the day I can enjoy my Instagram giveaway wins! Thanks Flatiron books.

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kplovesbooks
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Bailedbailed

I just CANNOT get into this book. I took a break from it and then attempted it again.... It's just so SLOW. I made it to chapter ten, but that's it. I'm out.

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JulAnna
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Pickpick

I have been away for awhile, and posting sporadically before that. I am going to try to change that in the upcoming days, as I have missed this community.
Just finished this book, I am not sure how I feel about it yet. It felt too long, too detailed in some ways, yet too vague in others.
View from my front porch on this beautiful September day! 😊

Bklover You have a beautiful front porch! Welcome back- Litsy is a great place to back to. ❤️ 4mo
Tamra So pretty! 4mo
Alora Wow what a beautiful porch! 😍 3mo
JulAnna @Alora Thank you! 3mo
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peaknit
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It‘s an Amazon deal today! I have not read it but it seems to be everywhere, so I grabbed it for a good price.

Cinfhen Bought it today too...and three more 😉 5mo
peaknit @Cinfhen I may catch up, the day is young!! 😂 5mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! That one click button is TROUBLE 5mo
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Dragonfairykats @Cinfhen isn't it?!? 5mo
peaknit @Cinfhen @Dragonfairykats YES!! But it doesn‘t feel like trouble, it‘s feels awesome until I think about it later...Kind of like cookies. 5mo
Cinfhen Ha! Exactly like cookies 🍪 @Dragonfairykats @peaknit 😋 5mo
Dragonfairykats @Cinfhen @peaknit yum! Also cake 🎂🍰 5mo
Cinfhen And doughnuts 🍩 @Dragonfairykats 5mo
peaknit @Dragonfairykats @Cinfhen You guys are my people 🧁🍪🎂🍰🍨🍦🍩 5mo
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perfectlywinged
Guest Book | Sarah Blake
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Hotel reading. Overall I really enjoyed this historical fiction but it gets really slow in the middle. It follows three generations of women: Rich and newly married Kitty in the 1930s, smart and sassy Joan (Kitty‘s daughter) in the 1950s, and sweet Evie in present day who is tasked with deciding to keep the giant family island in Maine. Nice historical settings and characters but most of the middle could have been cut.

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Wildly_Bookish
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"If there are places that hold us, keeping us in them, surely too there are people, he felt, people who work like mirrors for the selves we have forgotten."

Too true. ?

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Historical fiction that jumped back and forth to the present time, as a family member learned about what happened. Small private island in Maine, issues of money and inequality.

Crazeedi I have the audiobook must listen 5mo
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MrBook
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The first of two groups. Everything I got was deeply discounted today, thank goodness. 🙈

I‘ll be needing “Education” for a book club meeting in a few months. “The Guest Book” sounds amazing and takes place in a state I love, Maine. I‘m looking to be introduced to a great new thriller series, and Quinn Colson might do it for me. We‘ll see. 😎

Have you read any of these?!

Crazeedi I want to read the guest book 6mo
Lcsmcat Educated should promote some good book club discussion, particularly if you have any members who have lived in Utah or Idaho. (Those in my group who hadn‘t tended to say “That couldn‘t have happened. She made that up.”) 6mo
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KarenUK
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#LilithJuly #Brassinpocket
The ‘Brass‘ in the song means money, so I thought of this recent B&N bookclub pick.
Once I found my groove with Blake‘s very descriptive writing, I really enjoyed this multi-generational family saga set on a family‘s private island.
On the surface there is elegance and privilege, yet hidden beneath the shallow veneer is an underbelly of secrets, lies and prejudices. It lead to a great discussion! Lots to talk about!

Cinfhen Ohhhh!! Sold! #stacked 🎉 6mo
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Gretchen311

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catebutler
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Mehso-so

Time for a check in! I‘m at 9 1/2 hours so far. Most has been audiobook listening, since I‘ve been working on household projects. Just took a late lunch (leftover onion, mushroom, spinach, & feta frittata w/ grape tomatoes & cold brewed watermelon mint tea 🍉🍃) The Guest Book is one of those books I think I should have read, & not listened to. It just didn‘t grip or keep my interest. 🤷‍♀️ It‘s finished & I‘m on to the next book! #24in48 @24in48

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catebutler
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Late lunch today, a noon appointment, pushed things back a bit. I‘m enjoying a quiet moment with my current read (I‘ve been flipping back & forth between audio & physical, anyone else do the same?) & leftover green chicken curry. It‘s even better now that the flavours have marinated together. I have just enough leftover rice, to make a favourite breakfast tomorrow, rice cereal w/ nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice - it reminds me of my childhood!

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auntie_jenn
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Pickpick

overall, i liked it, but it was probably 100 pages too long.

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LauraBytheBook
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This passage in the chapter I was reading this morning jumped out to the genealogist in me.

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FeastOfFiction
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I went to the first annual Strawberry Full Moon Book Swap tonight at Watermark Books in Wichita. I chose Less. They also gave each of us a wrapped ARC. I scored with The Guest Book! I think I‘m more excited about that one than the one I chose!

mdm139 I am so jealous. Watermark is my favorite indie book store. I went to a book club every week there when I lived in Wichita. 7mo
FeastOfFiction @mdm139 I don‘t live here, but if I did, I‘d be at a book club every week! My daughter lives here so I go every time I visit her. It‘s truly the best bookstore. 7mo
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Samplergal
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I loved this book. Full review at www.safepassagesandprose.com

Recommended4Reading Loved, loved, loved the book too @samplergal! 7mo
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ashsbookmarks
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FeministBookClub Can‘t wait! 🎉 7mo
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Recommended4Reading
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Three generations of the Milton family spanning from the 1930s to present day. The book focuses on the social inhumanities during this period, telling the reader that families thoughts/values can change with each generation, but core family values will remain.

For thoughts and additional findings: https://recommended-4.com/blog/2019/06/09/the-guest-book/

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tammysue
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Have you ever heard the phrase “the sins of our fathers?” That kept popping up in my mind. There‘s so much truth to it in this story. In their minds they felt so far above everyone else they couldn‘t see it. White privilege, racial inequality + guilt all played a role in the three generations of the Milton family history. Blake‘s writing was perfection + kept me turning pages. 4 ☆ #bookclub

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ashsbookmarks
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My husband asked if I wanted to work out with him this morning? No...I just want to relax and read 🤓
#reader #ireadinbed #bedreader #bookstagrammer #bookobsessed #bookhoarder #bookstagram #bookworm #bookish #bookishlove #booker #bookgram #bookaholic

AkashaVampie Husbands don't get it, am I right? Haha 8mo
AmyG Hahaha. Every morning my husband takes a walk and asks if I want to go. I‘d rather read and have my coffee. I get it! 8mo
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KarenUK
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Pickpick

A little slow to start, as Blake‘s writing is VERY descriptive...... But once I found my groove with it, I really enjoyed this multi-generational family saga centered around a family‘s private island.
On the surface there is elegance and privilege, yet hidden beneath this shallow veneer is an underbelly of secrets, lies and prejudices. This should be a great discussion at the B&N bookclub in June.... lots to talk about!

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Hazel0303
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This book was all the stars to me. I'm on a really good book roll right now and this is something that really made me think and also had me crying at times. I urge everyone to give this a try - although the pacing can be slower at parts so I know this won't be for everyone.

Full review here! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2662466326

Samplergal Loved it! 7mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I am starting this for the BN book club.

GloVerdino I just finished it, liked it! 8mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @GloVerdino Thanks. 👍🏻😉 8mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I am starting this for the BN book club.

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Hazel0303
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Guys, the struggle was real to try and read this past holiday weekend. So much yard work, but hopefully I will wrap this book up in the next few days. It is very, very good.

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GloVerdino
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This book raises some really interesting questions. Can we change who we are or who we are meant to be? Can we ever really make a big change in the world? How would we have reacted at specific times in history (mainly WW II and the civil rights movement). It was good and it was really long!

Avanders Oh my gosh, are you serious about that view?! 🤤😍😍 8mo
GloVerdino @Avanders this was my view at the winery last week! Love this place! 8mo
Avanders It‘s amazing! 😊♥️ 8mo
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Hazel0303 I love this picture!!!! I'm about 80% through and I agree completely. I find this book to be very thought provoking. There are some dead spaces for me, but I'm really enjoying this. The part with Kitty and the yellow car made me cry. 8mo
GloVerdino @Hazel0303 just wait till you get to the end, there were some parts at the end I didn‘t want to read because I knew what was coming! 8mo
Hazel0303 @GloVerdino Ahhh!!! 😹 8mo
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ashsbookmarks
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Reading with my feet up. Put my girls down to bed a little early since they were cranky from no naps 🤦🏻‍♀️ so hubby and I are reading in our little library #couplesgoals
#read #readtogether #bookstagrammer #bookgram #bookobsessed #bookhoarder #bookstagram #ashsbookmarks #forsale
(This was a bookmark I made for Valentines, I love it so much!)

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GloVerdino
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It‘s due back on Wednesday

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ashsbookmarks
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My little reading corner on the couch 🛋 so I can be close to the fam but still in a different world 🥰 I got the lamp from Costco. I loved it so much that I bought another one for the other side of the couch 😍
#readingcorner #readingnook #grey #read #bookstagrammer #bookobsessed #bookhoarder #bookstagram #bookish #bookishlove #costcofinds

Chrissyreadit I love the lamp too! 8mo
Soubhiville It‘s really cool! 8mo
BarbaraJean That lamp is amazing!! 8mo
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mcctrish Totally cool lamp 8mo
Davor This is so cozy! 8mo
kspenmoll Like the gear/wheel looking things. (edited) 8mo
CouronneDhiver Cool lamp 💡 8mo
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ashsbookmarks
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Oh....hello....you get me!!! 🥰 (Golf mag is my husband‘s....I hate golf!)
#ihategolf #bookstagrammer #bookobsessed #bookhoarder #bookstagram #books #book #reader #bookish #bookishlove #bookworm #wordporn

tpixie 😃 8mo
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Hazel0303
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Starting this tonight!!

I‘ve heard the pace is pretty slow to begin with, so hopefully this won‘t disappoint. I‘ve adjusted my expectations down so hopefully that helps.

#currentlyreading #librarybook

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mirsophie
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This novel was my least favorite book out of the barnes and noble . It took me about halfway through the book to get into it. Once i got into it was better. I really enjoyed the time jumps and the history of this novel.

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GloVerdino
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Wine Monday? I‘ll take it! Enjoying some outside time at the vineyard

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Latrelwhite
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Reading!!💕 and Listening!!✌🏽

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KarenUK
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#nextup this one for B&N bookclub for June...

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I am starting this tonight for the BN Book Club. Anyone else reading it for the book club?

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GloVerdino
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It‘s really too cold to be reading outside but I don‘t care! The sun is finally out and I‘m celebrating wine Wednesday! So excited to be able to go to the B&N book club meeting next week, I have to get ready!

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mirsophie
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Currently reading

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LMJenkins
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My top three emojis pictured above!
I do not have any graduates in my family but many, many children of friends.
Thankfully, not much - a baseball game and some Mother‘s Day fun.
I am the oldest of two daughters.
💛⭐️👍🏼 shoutout to @Erinreadsthebooks , @irre and @fandom_hellspawn99
#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

TheBookHippie ☕️🤷🏽‍♀️📖 8mo
AsYouWish 🎉📖🎊 8mo
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ambam1987
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This book is a very well written view at a family‘s past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations. It examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America.
Thank you Flatiron Books for providing an ARC of The Guest Book to review #ReadtheGuestBook #TheGuestBook

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LMJenkins
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Loving this one already. #ARC

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My B&N #bookhaul tonight.

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bookish_wookish
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The next BN book club pick is up! This one looks interesting.

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cassiopia
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Now that the secret is out, Barnes & Nobles pick for the June 11th discussion is Sarah Blake's new novel, The Guest Book. It was killing me not being able share this new with you all until today.

I will be starting this one tonight after tonight's discussion of Lost Roses.

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ashsbookmarks
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The Guest Book by Sarah Blake is coming out tomorrow and I am just starting it today 🤦🏻‍♀️ better late than never!!
#theguestbook #readtheguestbook #sarahblake #arc @flatiron_books #bookish #bookishlove #bookcommunity #bookaddict #bookobsessed #bookhoarder #bookworm #bookdragon

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BridgetteM
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I had a great Saturday at the beach with my current book, The Guest Book. Sarah Blake is a new author for me, but I‘m enjoying The Guest Book so much that I‘ve already added her other novels to my TBR.
#TheGuestBook #ReadTheGuestBook #SarahBlake #FlatironBooks #BeachRead @flatironbooks

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Lauren.Archer
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Excited to receive a copy of this from NetGalley.

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kaitthegreat
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that feeling when you finish a book, 481 pages later. This book was a little slow to get into, but paid off beautifully in the end. A tale of life choices, secrets, and regrets that spans generations, and their effect on a family. Perception of history and “knowing” people unfolds across decades, as we see the heartbreaking effects choices can have on the lives of others, like a cascade of dominoes. Beautifully written with compelling characters.