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The Dutch House: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Ann Patchett characters get to me. In The Dutch House, she examines the close relationship between Danny and Maeve Conroy, siblings whose mother abandoned them when Danny was a toddler and Maeve a small child. Their father Cyril is an emotionally distant (but kind) man who chooses a younger woman with two small daughters and marries again. The Dutch House itself is fascinating, described in exquisite detail and a wonderful setting for the story. It represents the rejection and longing of the two Conroy children and the tension between Cyril and his two wives. The peripheral characters, who worked for the Dutch House families through the years, are endearing. I have loved Patchett’s writing since reading Bel Canto, and I have no idea how she writes these brilliant novels while running a bookstore. Maybe I should thank her outstanding staff? As with all Patchett’s books, The Dutch House is a good book for book clubs.

— Mamie

I have never been disappointed after reading a book written by Ann Patchett.  I can certainly say that the trend continues as I was enthralled with The Dutch House.  The characters were so well developed in this story of a family, its wealth and  dysfunction.  However, I have to add that I didn’t actually read this book.  I listened to it!  The narrator is none other than Tom Hanks, and I kept thinking that Ms. Patchett must have written the words with him in mind.  I know she didn’t, but his interpretation brings it to life.  If you like to listen to books, this is a must.  Give Libro.fm a try to receive three audiobooks for the price of one and listen to the book on your mobile device.

— Sandra

October 2019 Indie Next List

“Meeting the Conroy family and stepping into their elaborate Dutch house—part museum, part home, with all its secrets and charm, comfort and sadness—enthralled me as the mystery unfolded like a gentle call to arms. From poverty to wealth and from wealth to poverty, we see through Danny’s eyes the struggle to hold the family together against grief, greed, and the heartbreak of losing all that once bound them. Patchett paints a masterpiece here; there’s no looking away. It lingers in your imagination long after the story has been told.”
— Diane McGuire, Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN


A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

About the Author

ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels and three works of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog, Sparky. annpatchett.com.

Praise For…

“Patchett’s prose is confident, unfussy and unadorned.”
— The New York Times

“As always, the author draws us close to her protagonists swiftly and gracefully.”
— Wall Street Journal

The Dutch House has the richness, allusiveness, and emotional heft of the best fiction.”
— Boston Globe

“Patchett’s splendid novel is a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of obsession and forgiveness, what people acquire, keep, lose or give away, and what they leave behind.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“…this richly furnished novel gives brilliantly clear views into the lives it contains.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Subtle mystery, psychological page-turner, Patchett’s latest is a thriller.”
— Washington Post

“This is an author that specializes in extremely legible yarns.”
— New York magazine

“…you won’t want to put down this engrossing, warmhearted book even after you’ve read the last page.”

“...It’s something far stranger--something indelible.”
— Entertainment Weekly

The Dutch House is a big-hearted, capacious novel...”
— Chapter 16

The Dutch House is unusual, thoughtful and oddly exciting, as well-told domestic dramas can be.”
— Columbus Dispatch

“Patchett’s storytelling abilities shine in this gratifying novel.”
— Associated Press

“Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”
— New York Times Book Review

“Patchett is a master storyteller.”
— O, the Oprah Magazine

“A lavishly gifted writer.”
— Los Angeles Times

“Patchett writes enviable prose—fluid, simple, direct, clear, and fearless.”
— Esquire

PEOPLE Magazine, Best Books of Fall 2019

“Patchett is at her subtle yet shining finest in this gloriously incisive, often droll, quietly suspenseful drama of family, ambition, and home. . . . With echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in sync with Alice McDermott, Patchett gracefully choreographs surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with the need to be one’s true self.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062963673
ISBN-10: 0062963678
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English