The Guest Book



An Unforgettable Love Story, A Novel About Past Mistakes And Betrayals That Ripple Throughout Generations, The Guest Book Examines Not Just A Privileged American Family, But A Privileged America It Is A Literary Triumph The Guest Book Follows Three Generations Of A Powerful American Family, A Family That Used To Run The World.And When The Novel Begins In 1935, They Still Do Kitty And Ogden Milton Appear To Have Everything Perfect Children, Good Looks, A Love Everyone Envies But After A Tragedy Befalls Them, Ogden Tries To Bring Kitty Back To Life By Purchasing An Island In Maine That Island, And Its House, Come To Define And Burnish The Milton Family, Year After Year After Year And It Is There That Kitty Issues A Refusal That Will Haunt Her Till The Day She Dies.In 1959 A Young Jewish Man, Len Levy, Will Get A Job In Ogden S Bank And Earn The Admiration Of Ogden And One Of His Daughters, But The Scorn Of Everyone Else Len S Best Friend Reg Pauling Has Always Been The Only Black Man In The Room At Harvard, At Work, And Finally At The Miltons Island In Maine.An Island That, At The Dawn Of The 21st Century, This Last Generation Doesn T Have The Money To Keep When Kitty S Granddaughter Hears That She And Her Cousins Might Be Forced To Sell It, And When Her Husband Brings Back Disturbing Evidence About Her Grandfather S Past, She Realizes She Is On The Verge Of Finally Understanding The Silences That Seemed To Hover Just Below The Surface Of Her Family All Her Life.An Ambitious Novel That Weaves The American Past With Its Present, The Guest Book Looks At The Racism And Power That Has Been Systemically Embedded In The US For Generations Brimming With Gorgeous Writing And Bitterly Accurate Social Criticism, It Is A Literary Tour De Force.The Guest Book

Sarah is the author of the novels, Grange House, the bestselling The Postmistress, and The Guest Book forthcoming a chapbook of poems, Full Turn, and the artist book Runaway Girls in collaboration with the artist Robin Kahn She lives in Washington DC with her husband, the poet Joshua Weiner, their two sons, and a little white dog.

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  • 484 pages
  • The Guest Book
  • Sarah Blake
  • English
  • 19 September 2017

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    The Guest Book by Sarah Blake is a 2019 Flatiron Books publication An Epic multi generational family saga exposing long buried secrets and truths not only providing a mirrored reflection of the privileged Milton s, but of the entire country as well There is the crime and there is silence In the mid thirties, golden couple Ogden and Kitty Milton, recovering from a horrific tragedy, purchase Crockett Island, making it a point of renewal They will summer there every year of their lives, thereafter, as do their children, and their grandchildren But now the money has run out and the house is in ill repair, leaving the painful decision about the island s future to rest in the hands of the only surviving family members a trio of cousins, who each have their own agenda Nothing will ever change Sunlight Starlight Drinks on the dock A single sail out in the bay It will never change It seems to promise You will not die On and on Like a painting Here you are As long as the Island stands, we stand Time never minds Evie is fighting hard to keep the island, while her cousins are open to selling it, and her husband, Paul, constantly reminds her of their financial situation But is Evie holding on to the island, or to her mother s memory Evie can easily laugh at her family s WASP culture history, yet she becomes irritated if anyone else passes judgements on them And Despite evidence to the contrary, Evie stubbornly turns a blind eye to the dark secrets hidden in her family s past As Blake takes us back across time, a heart wrenching story unfolds, revealing an ugly, sad, guilt ridden underbelly to the affluent Milton family, one deeply rooted in entitlement, prejudice and racism Yet, future generations attempt to provoke a new value system, one which requires a conscience, insists on a shift in attitude, and demands change The contrasts between entitlement, power and control, against idealism, and then juxtaposed against certain harsh truths, stirs up a tragic fire storm, which left this reader with a fire in my belly, on the edge of my seat, and with an ache in my heart, not only for the characters, but for Us History is sometimes made by heroes, but it is also always made by us We, the people, who stumble around, who block or help the hero out of loyalty,stubbornness, faith, or fear Those who wall up and those who break through walls Thepeople at the edge of the photographs The people watching the crowd You Sarah Blake s writing is beautiful Her prose is elegant, powerful, poignant, and almost hypnotic The characterizations and dialogue are so incredibly vivid and devastatingly realistic The trappings of wealth, the narrow mindedness of class distinctions, the half lived lives, the progression and changes of the times unfolding through the years, stripping away decades of racism and prejudice is mesmerizing Yet, for Evie, as the blanks are finally filled in, there is a revealing defensiveness, a conspiratorial, protective silence, and a stubborn refusal to accept the reality of her family s history, one which is too painful to acknowledge view spoiler The progression, throughout the generations, though startling and inspiring, is still very fragile Though Len and Reg regarded Moss s optimism and idealism as na ve and ineffectual, that vision may have been the catalyst for change However, the two men weren t wrong in their assessment, and not just about the times they lived in Their admonishments serve as a reminder that paying lip service, no matter how well intentioned, is not helpful, and most people offering it, do so without fully understanding what it is truly like to walk in another s shoes hide spoiler

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    She knew silence often flew in between families and roosted Slow, inexplicable angers grew without roots Nothing special, no story What the study of history had taught her, clearly, after years and years, was that she might pull up the single moments from the darkness where they lay centuries old, she might point to a spot in time, a line in a diary, the particular shredding of a blue ribbon used to tie a shoe, she might string these together and say here is what happened And history would sit back on her heels and laugh and laugh Most families have secrets tucked away in every nook and cranny of their family history The Miltons are no different, maybe just so because they are a rarefied breed of the American success story that most dream about, but few obtain They expected the moon, and they got it And they got it all, all the while impeccably dressed The rich have immunity from the hiccups and bumps in the road than the rest of us do, but as I always say, Life doesn t let any of us escape scot free Tragedy has a way of finding every one, sooner or later, and those with money have not figured out a way to bribe deathyet After one such tragedy, Ogden and Kitty Milton decide to buy an island off the coast of Maine A mystical place where fairy tales can be written We were talking about this place, and she said, very sweetly, almost reverently Nothing will ever change Sunlight Starlight Drinks on the dock A single sail out in the bay It will never change It seems to promise, You will not die On and on like a painting, she said Here you are As long as the Island stands, we stand Time never minds The Island remains the constant affirmation of the family s success through three generations of Miltons When the grandchildren struggle to afford to keep the Island, the potential loss feels like failure, but also something than that a loss of identity The influence of Ogden and Kitty on the family is perfectly illustrated in this moment where they are defended by one of their grandchildren Long after they have passed away, their creed is still being believed We re different, she answered simply We don t believe in taking advantage of a situation In grabbing for money How does Ogden strengthen the family fortune during World War Two Few family fortunes can survive scrutiny They are built on the backs of the poor They are made by flagrantly breaking the rules of fair play They are compromised by the corrupted hand shakes offered to the unscrupulous Are the Miltons different Is Ogden just a good shifter of wealth, without ever getting his fingers smudged with dishonesty To shake things up, Moss, Ogden and Kitty s son, invites his black friend, Reg Pauling, to the Island He will be the first black man to ever set foot on the Milton sacred soil Moss means well It is 1959 He feels the times are changing, but really they are just changing in him The soul of America does not feel the guilt of their ancestors, and racism is still a virus running rampant through their blood The bill is due, Reg pushed, echoing Jimmy Baldwin, It is not coming due It is due And it must be paid or this shit will go on and on and on And so it goes on and on and on The Island, the sanctuary, proves fallible, and when tragedy finds the family there, it is quickly bundled and tucked away in one of those nooks I alluded to earlier It isn t spoken of Our family You think we ever heard the truth about anything Bad behavior, bad breaks, uncomfortable conversations, and indiscretions are all neatly tucked into boxes wrapped in chains and clasped with a strong padlock The keys are thrown into the Atlantic How else can the family portray their flawless perfection It is a lot to live up to When the missteps are never discussed, every descendent is completely unprepared for things to go wrong The shield of their grandfather is buried with him Bad things are simply not supposed to happen to a Milton Sarah Blake writes with lyrical ease I kept waiting for a jarring sentence, a dialogue debacle, or a plotting problem, but they never happened You would almost think she was a Milton I did struggle with the book, though I fully recognize Blake s writing gifts, and maybe it has to do with my own disinterest in rich people worrying about first world problems, but I wanted some jazz, and this book is decidedly easy listening I will predict that many of you will love it, and I will be happy that you do If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    4 starsA family saga spanning three generations, a story complicated by secrets that take decades to be revealed A privileged family, with money, a father so conscious of the family status reflected in the symbol of the island off the coast of Maine that he just has to buy it I want this place, he said quietly I want this house to be ours And everyone sailing by would know it stood for us It would mean something They d see it and think, there s the Milton place Kitty and Ogden Milton The Milton s of Crockett s Island The mother s belief that they are somehow better, know better and are above anything even prejudice But it s a self delusion really, as they harbor deep seated bias and prejudice that they don t show outwardly But, Kitty s son Moss knows things need to change Why are we here How did we get here To this point in time The situation with the Negroes Dad was talking as if it didn t matter what the television show was called, just that the blacks were sounding off..But why are they sounding off It s the why that has us here The show was called The Hate That Hate Produced Len Levy, the young Jewish man who works for Ogden and falls in love with his daughter knows It was a game, wasn t it, after all Come and visit, if you re up there anyway, come and see us You went to Columbia, you went to Wall Street, but you were a visitor How could he have missed it He was a guest The Milton s, though are not above everything so no amount of their money or status could make them immune to tragedy, to unhappiness for some of them and there are some heartbreaking moments This started out a little slow for me, but then I found that I was so pulled in by wanting to know all of the things that had happened to get to the present day where the grandchildren of Ogden and Kitty Milton are in disagreement over what to do with the island I was pulled in by the writing as I was in a previous novel by Blake , The Postmistress There was one chapter, Chapter Twelve that depicts the house and the island and the family over the years so beautifully that I found myself highlighting long passages.The alternating narrative focus on the family in the mid 1930 s, late 1950 s and then late 1990 s and reflect how the ideals of the family change as well as being a commentary on racism, antisemitism, class It is all of those things, but it is also a story of family and it a story of love stories It s a fairly lengthy book at almost 450 pages, but once I got the rhythm of the chapters which are not chronological, I couldn t stop reading the story of the Milton s of Crockett s Island.I received an advanced copy of this book from Flatiron Books though NetGalley.

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    Lovely writing, a historical family drama featuring generations of characters, a focus on important social themes related race and privilege Slow and a bit lengthy for my personal preference, but I can see many readers enjoying this overall.Thank you to Flatiron Books for generously mailing me an advance readers edition of Sarah Blake s The Guest Book In exchange, I agreed to share my honest thoughts on goodreads and my other favorite social media sites readtheguestbook

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    There s a stunning scene toward the beginning of Sarah Blake s new novel, The Guest Book, that follows a wealthy young mother gliding around New York and then to her elegant mansion in a charmingly choreographed dance of delight that ends with her 5 year old son falling from a window to his death.Such a tragedy might shatter other families, but the Miltons are not other families Ogden and Kitty Milton are the union of America s bluest bloodlines, aristocrats who have provided a model of decorum to a grateful nation since they arrived on the Mayflower Always remember you are a Milton, a young scion is advised Not a Lowell Ogden guides the family s Wall Street firm with wisdom and discretion, just as Kitty manages their home.As soon as they bury their son, everyone agrees that it s best not to mention it Best not to dwell on it Some things were better off left unsaid This is very much a novel about what is left unsaid, which is ironic considering that so much is said hundreds and hundreds of pages of repressed grief and strained smiles Despite its dramatic opening, the bulk of the story is far immersive than propulsive These are people who imagine their boutique blend of gold and goodness can protect them from the vicissitudes of life, even as their dynasty dissipates with each passing generation The Guest Book offers an exhaustive study of Brahmin pain, the suffering stoically endured by that class of people who ask each other, Where do you summer It s part of a long, distinguished line of beautiful costume dramas that allow us good liberals to luxuriate in the silken folds of privilege while reassuring ourselves that such privilege is doomed To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert

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    Privilege Secrets History Family.The Guest Book is a sweeping tale of three generations of the Milton family This book moves back and forth in time, showcasing secrets and consequences This book showcases old money, racism, glamour, status, opulence, limelight, privilege, power, choices, inequality, and the economic divide Each generation showcases the mindset of not only the family but society at large With each new generation comes acceptance, awareness, growth and change But is it enough Time changes, society changes, the beliefs of society changes, but seriously is it enough What happens to a family that has it all heck, they even own their own island and over time becomes a family desperately trying to hold on to it When a family feels their privilege but doesn t want to lose it The family home ahem, island has been handed down, but so has elitism, racism and antisemitism What happens when change occurs What happens when you look back at your heritage What happens when you learn certain truths about your family What happens when secrets come out This book started slowly for me and I admit it took me a long time to get through this book In the beginning, there were times I felt this book was painfully slow and then I would put it down and pick up another book But I trudged along and soon found myself enjoying it This book is told through three POVs in three different times The book is a family saga but also looks at class, racism lots of racism , inequality, and how choices made in the past can still be felt in the present.Well written and thought provoking We pass a lot of things down in families our grandmothers broach, or our grandfathers service medals, a wedding dress, pictures, art, etc But we also pass down our stories, our actions, our words, our beliefs The next generation is always watching, learning, absorbing, and this book is a good example of how we pass down things some unintentionally and some covertly The book shows not only how the Milton family changed but how society itself has changed Again, thought provoking Slow to start but won me over This is not a book to speed through, take your time, absorb it, ponder it, think about the issues this book brings up, and maybe examine your own family history.Thank you to Sarah Blake and Flat Iron book who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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    This book is THE BOOK for general fiction in 2019 An amazing, brilliant read which will have the power of Steinbach An incredible read encompassing three generations, the origins and fall of the old wealth A book which comments on society and bigotry of pre war money, behavior and views on to the recent past This is a profound novel, one which holds you in thrall to the last page, the last word Reasons I enjoyed this book Easy to readEntertainingGreat world buildingHauntingInformativeInspirationalOriginalPage turnerRomanticRealisticScarySteamyTear jerkerTragicTwistedUnpredictableWhimsicalWittyWonderful characters

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    Not rating itBut also not going to finish it It s rare for me to mention a book I ve not finished a few times some books I read and don t even mark let alone review because it was OK or I just didn t feel like writing anything or there are already TONS of reviews and I don t feel I have much to add But this book has me wondering I just can t seem to care enough about it enough Could be the HOT WEATHER lol 100 degrees here for days If my local book club picks it I ll try again but for now glad many people liked itI m going to say goodbye to it for now.

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    An emotional, heart wrenching story of true love is one aspect of why I loved this multi generational story The Guest Book will not be on everyone s best list, but it definitely is on mine.Ogden and Kitty Milton are a couple that have it all Wealth, privilege, love and the right lineage They suffer a tragedy early in the book and for that Kitty has a hard time coping To help snap Kitty out of it , Ogden buys her an island off the coast of Maine, where they can summer each year with their large family and use it as a place to repair and recover from immense grief We also read from the perspective of Moss, Joan and Evelyn their children and then Evie one of their granddaughters Evie is the grandchild that takes her love of the island the most seriously and when it becomes financially clear that it might not be possible for the island to stay in the family any longer, she puts everything on the line to keep it, even when she learns of controversial circumstances in which her grandparents acquired it The Guest Book must be read deliberately and at the right time as there is a lot to absorb If you read too fast you will miss the depth and nuanced ways in which Blake weaves together themes of entitlement, privilege, prejudice, racism, social injustice, idealism, love and family It really makes you look not only at the characters, but at yourself and your own family history through a different lens One of my favorite things about reading it, is that there were moments sprinkled within the book that seemed inconsequential at the time and then later on in the book these moments reappeared and it was like an emotion bomb was dropped If this weren t a library book, I would have been on a highlighting frenzy for all the brilliance that was put on display.The writing was beyond fantastic and it was never something I tripped over What I loved so much outside of the love story was how thought provoking this was It really made me look deeply at myself and I think it raises some very interesting questions As the book and Milton generations progress, some members of the family begin to evolve and examine the circumstances that they are surrounded by The older generations did a lot of brushing their emotions under the rug that were unbecoming so as to appear respectable and not to create a fuss The truth of very consequential events were also hidden and purposely not talked about The regret this later caused and how this rippled through the family almost 100 years later put a burden on the grandchildren that they in my opinion were not willing to confront I will refrain from writing because I think it best to read this for yourself without being clouded by someone else s opinions Choose to read it for the family drama and historical fiction, but stay for the journey you will take in retrospect With his open American face, his frank American voice, one might think to oneself, There walks a good man A noble man He appeared dashing and splendid He had the place and the power to make good, to do good And he did so He believed one could do right He had been raised to expect that one could His was the last generation for whom those givens remained as undisturbed as a silk purse Listen to me, Moss We have always been here at the center Always It s only that you ve just decided to take a look The bill is due, Reg pushed It is not coming due It is due And it must be paid or this shit will go on and on and on.

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    This is a novel about white guilt, and it does so many things right and cares about so many of the right things that I almost but not quite am willing to love it The blot upon its freshly starched canvas is of such a nature, however, that it does than just prevent me from loving the book it renders it in its entirety so deeply problematic that I m not entirely sure how to feel about it at all.Let s begin at the beginning, shall we Please note that there will be some low key spoilers throughout this review.The front cover of The Guest Book ARC which I so kindly thank you, thank you so very much received from Flatiron Books features a quote from Cynthia St John of Kepler s Books in Menlo Park, California This quote, writ large and sleek across the ARC cover, states simply that Sarah Blake has written the Great American Novel I m assuming the implicit capitalization here the actual quote happens to be printed in all caps Inside the front cover and for four pages after the title page, other booksellers and literary notables rave about the book, saying such kind things as it is a coming of age story for the country packed with fully realized characters and depth and nuance an epic family story of privilege, history, prejudice, secrets, love, and loss I mean, could you be ANY MORE in love with this book, people As I mentioned, this is a book that tries very hard indeed to care about the right things and write about them the in right way It s a book about several generations of a privileged white family which owns its own island. For comparison, my parents were each raised in a farmhouse, and my mother s childhood home got an upgrade to a non dirt floor during her childhood We were, in short, ROLLING IN IT You might assume that I have very little patience with rich white peoples problems, and you d be right Poor white people, especially the children of evangelical Christian missionaries and the grandchildren of Mennonite wheat farmers and the great grandchildren of immigrants, have plenty of their own hang ups and plenty of their own privileges, frankly but they re nothing alike And it s hard to relate to people who try to pass off their islands as being rather shabby by comparison to the Rockefellers mansions.And this tension between having an island and wanting to keep it, and having a shred of self awareness and wanting to not be thought of as just another privileged white woman, is the root core of every interaction the character Evie has in this book Yes, Blake makes her characters aware of their privilege The POV characters all hate or at the very least are all deeply uncomfortable with their privilege GOOD EXCELLENT I can get behind that Still hard to relate, but at least they re not literal Nazis.Oh wait.So Here s a spoiler The Guest Book deals not just with matters of wealth inequality, but also with racial inequalities and the mistreatment of minorities during WWII In Germany Read here be Nazis Blake, again very admirably, makes her characters implicit in various ways in the mistreatment of both Jews and people of color She makes them aware of their involvement She makes them uncomfortable with their involvement.Great People whose families poured financial support into the German war machine during WWII should have MANY crises of conscience That s definitely a thing that should happen.What maybe shouldn t happen is letting those characters reach absolution through self erasure, and have Jews and people of color absolve them again in the book s touching final scenes.Let me back up here a second.It is the rare book which spurs me to write a scathing review, and I don t know if this is so much scathing as it is confused and a little cloudy on the details I slept on this review, several times This is therefore the most mild, calm, and generous take on this novel that I could summon My first reactions, by comparison, were much full of feeling I think that sort of response is a valid one to chronicle, but this being such a considered book, I felt it deserved a considered reply.I distrust any book by a white person which absolves us collectively or individually of the wrongdoings of our predecessors Do I think Blake was trying to show that she cared enough to write several minority groups into her book, and that her heart was in the right place Probably But there are some things we don t get to do, and forgive ourselves or erase ourselves from history are two of them It is so perfectly accurate that the privileged white person s greatest fear is not being remembered, and that both our greatest crises and our greatest denouements are all tied up with being forgotten We ve started wars many of them against minority groups for less It is accurate, yes And it is brilliant of Blake to identify this fear and lace it like poison throughout this novel It is less brilliant to allow her characters to erase themselves, and to find catharsis and maybe even peace in the process.We don t get to do that.Why not Because we are the historical record We don t get to walk away from the crimes we have enacted For not just decades but centuries, millennia of cultural and racial and religious warfare We can t give ourselves permission to disappear before the final verdict has been handed down by the people who do have the right and I strongly suspect that the only people who have the right to forgive us and absolve us also have the right to be angry for many, many generations to come.This week, I had an epiphany Not just to do with Blake, but to do with many of the investigative nonfiction books coming out right now It s a popular idea that we have the right to tell stories about the cultural wrongdoings we have enacted throughout history by using our personal experiences and by putting our bodies and our stories into cultural and religious and queer spaces that do not belong to us There are some stories, however, that we just don t have the right to tell And as every two year old toddler knows, we don t get to forgive ourselves Only the people we have wronged have permission to do that And if by chance we ve wronged the world itself, we never get to make our peace people have long memories, but Uranium 235 has a half life of almost 704 billion years The carbon cycle will hold your footprint against you for longer than the dinosaurs walked this planet.Early on in The Guest Book, Evie is confronted by an African American colleague whose pregnancy is described as having taken over her body like an occupying army p 62 And while it s entirely true that many women lose both a sense of agency and satisfaction with their bodies during pregnancy, it s hardly a nice thing to observe about someone else s body especially when that someone else comes from a minority group specifically and historically linked to the loss of agency due to white assholery. This colleague comes to Evie because she wants to revise a popular work of third wave feminism that Evie published twenty five years earlier to reflect her own take on the power dynamics at work in Medieval Europe Not only is this colleague portrayed as pushy and insensitive, but she s Evie likens Hazel s desire to pay homage to thievery p 67 , even while she, Evie, agonizes over her own privilege Because her family owns an island that they purchased with Nazi money.The book never returns to Hazel, or to the classroom, where Evie begins her story by delivering a kick ass rallying cry to her freshmen on the value of learning from history So know yourselves first, she finished Then look back and account p 44 Only, Evie doesn t One black man gives her back agency over the island, then she decides her story ends with vanishing, not looking back and being called to account or making up for her personal wrongs It s cathartic It s peaceful It s a goddamn lie.Look, there are a lot of really beautiful moments and beautiful sentences in this book I teared up a little when the book finally finally got around to the climactic final showdown Which, predictably, involved a lot of hetero sex on beaches under the moonlight and a lot of coded queer erasure Bury your maybe gays, unless you live by water drowning them is easier Damn, but Blake knows how to quote James Baldwin And when.I guess what I m trying to say here is that Blake really tried She has proven that she cares about making sure readers know we white people are sorry. We re sorry for screwing up in WWII We re sorry for screwing up in founding America on the backs of minorities We re sorry that systems like academia and finance left us private islands even if they re only shabby and we re just barely hanging on and left everyone else scrambling for room in the margins We re sorry, and probably we should just go ahead and disappear now That would be so much easier than actually sticking around in real life, or in the novel to let the wronged be rightfully angry at us Beautiful sentences and well intentioned gestures at equality aside, this book lets us off the hook when it really doesn t have the right to And as much as I respect California s incredible booksellers, we don t get to call this book about white guilt the Great American Novel It s unfair to all of those hungry OwnVoices authors whose voices still haven t been heard simply because they don t have the all access pass to blockbuster American success yet.The least we can do is not use our power as the privileged majority class in America to erase ourselves before we can be held to account.Where does this book end We vanish, Evie whispered p 480 How convenient for us Please note throughout this review, I kept typing The Beach House instead of The Guest Book, but I guess Hallmark owned the rights to that one And I also kept typing The Lake House, and I m crippled by the thought of Keanu Reeves showing up in this book Please also note hells yes, I have white guilt The fact that only other white people keep telling me to stop kind of reinforces it, and it s just too damn bad that none of my uncles had maybe sort of queer relationships with people who could, half a century after I was conceived, show up to give me another 1 5 share of the family island and thereby forgive me in deed, if not in word, for all the crimes of my ancestors And oof, if you want to talk about crimes I don t get to be absolved for, maybe we should take a moment to review the literature about all the times my predecessors contributed to cultural genocide Yeah, I don t get to forgive myself for that, ever.

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