Year 14, Book 40

40. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

The Guest Book is the story of three generations of a WASP family and the island they own in Maine. The island was bought in 1935 with some money they may not have been on the up and up as a present after a tragedy befalls the family. In the late-1950s the children are grown and facing a changing world and trying to figure out their place in it bringing the first Jew and black person to the island resulting in a night that will impact the family forever. Now in present day the grandchildren are faced with selling the island as they can no longer afford the upkeep of it and the house and in deciding the fate of the house dig into their family’s history.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. I just felt like it left so many threads dangling. It seemed to hint at things and create paths that were never explored. Perhaps the sprawling timeline was too much, but in a book that’s fairly long it seemed like there was a lot that was left out. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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