This novel is all the things. If you want a core-shaker- this is your book.
I am half-way through this novel as I write this recommendation, and I can already tell this will be one of my top five favorites of the year.
This novel has everything. And it is a novel about everything. It's a family saga that spans three generations of the Miltons, a wealthy New England banking family, and the ripple effect of one decision Kitty Milton made in the summer of 1936.
The Miltons summer each year at their summer home on a private Island off the coast of Maine. They mingle with the country's most powerful families, but Kitty Milton utters the word "no" to a proposition that fateful summer and the trajectory of the family is changed forever.
The novel moves through three generations and goes back and forth in time and asks how we finally remember the things we work so hard to forget. It exposes untold secrets the family inherits and how they pass them on from generation to generation. And then it lets us watch as the present calls forth a reckoning from the past.
I can't tell you a whole lot about the plot without spoiling it for you. But trust me. This is one you don't want to miss.