The Dutch House

The Dutch House

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062963673
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: PATCHETT, A


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ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

The main character narrates the story of of his life as he understands it. He and his sister have been abandoned twice, as children and young adults, and depend on each other to create a shared memory of the past and cope with the present. Feelings about the majestic house their father bought for their mother trigger the plot and bring out the personalities of those who lived in the house.

Nov 03, 2019

Ann Patchett never disappoints

ArapahoeAlice Nov 01, 2019

Ann Patchett's writing, characterization and plotting are so seamless, it's at the end of the book that you realize what an extraordinary experience it is to have been inside one of her books. Highly recommend!

mko123 Oct 22, 2019

This is the story of a house, at once both magnificent in its splendor and grotesque in its conspicuous wealth. It all depends on what the blended family members experience within its walls. The portrait on the cover is part of the family drama and mystery that is slowly revealed as you experience the pain of Danny, one of the orphan children who is cast out of his home by the wicked stepmother. A compelling retelling of Hansel and Gretel. I highly recommend this story of a fractured family finding grace in an unexpected way.

Oct 15, 2019

Nana recommended

Oct 12, 2019

Always enjoy this author, latest book is a great read.

ontherideau Oct 06, 2019

Ann Patchett makes this almost unbelievable family history a contemplative pleasure to read. "We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we're not seeing it as the people we were, we're seeing it as the people we are and that means the past has been radically altered."

Oct 05, 2019

Linda recommended

Sep 30, 2019

Best book I have read in a very long time!

Sep 28, 2019

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ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

'Home is so sad...It stays as it was left, shaped to the comfort of the last to go as if to win them back. Instead, bereft of anyone to please, it withers so, having no heart to put aside the theft. And turn again to what it started as, a joyous shot at how things ought to be, long fallen wide. You can see how it was: look at the pictures and the cutlery. The music in the piano stool. That vase.' Larkin

ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

'You think he was sleeping with Fluffy?' I asked her... The news of this affair came to me as most information did: many years after the fact, in a car parked outside the Dutch house with my sister.


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