Friday, July 26, 2019

The Guest Book

Island. I won’t be getting to Maine this summer, but thanks to Sarah Blake’s novel titled, The Guest Book, I visited an island there and a big old house. Have you ever been in a resort community and noticed a special house and found yourself wondering about the people who live there? If so, this novel is for you. Blake tells the story of a family and what we know and don’t know about our parents and their formative experiences. This is a novel about white privilege and family secrets. The names in the guest book for this big old family house on an island in Maine don’t include all the guests who have stayed there. Blake explores what changes over time and what doesn’t. The prose is terrific, the plot engaging and the characters complex and interesting. I was delighted to be in Maine again through this finely written novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Guest Book from

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