• From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

The Mil­tons typ­i­fy the old mon­ey Wasp fam­i­ly who are used to run­ning the coun­try, as sure of their place as their pow­er. And when, in 1936, Kit­ty and Ogden Mil­ton buy an island in Maine to pass the sum­mers, it seems the fit­ting expres­sion of the myth. 

1959. New York City. Bril­liant and ambi­tious Len Levy lands a job at Ogden’s invest­ment bank. Len has a vision of mak­ing invest­ing avail­able to the mass­es, and Ogden is proud to have hired a Jew. That hot sum­mer, Len falls in love with his boss’ eldest daugh­ter, Joan Mil­ton. The two lovers meet secret­ly, know­ing that in August Joan will go up to the island, leav­ing Len behind to archive the firm’s ear­ly papers. 

But when sift­ing through the records, Len dis­cov­ers a past invest­ment that unset­tles him, not just as a Jew, but as an Amer­i­can. He and his friend, Reg Paul­ing, show up unin­vit­ed at the very place the Mil­tons hold sacred, their island, to con­front Ogden. The explo­sive con­se­quences of their arrival rever­ber­ate through three gen­er­a­tions of Mil­tons, leav­ing the youngest to con­front the place where fam­i­ly his­to­ry meets nation­al his­to­ry, and the cost of fifty years of silence.

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