The Dutch House

The Dutch House

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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.
ISBN: 9780062963673
0062963678
Branch Call Number: F PATCHETT
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm

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DonnaShaheen
Oct 15, 2019

Nana recommended

Michael Colford Oct 13, 2019

Ann Patchett can write a compelling novel on just about any topic. In The Dutch House, she focuses on a family who becomes wealthy, and spends part of their life in a beautiful mansion in Pennsylvania. But things don't last forever in this world, and the two adult children, Maeve and Danny find themselves unceremoniously banished from their childhood home to make their own way in the world. Danny narrates this tale, but Maeve is the powerful presence, beloved guardian, fierce force of nature. The hold the house has over this family is a strong one, even as past secrets emerge, and future lives are built.

There aren't a whole lot of novels that focus on the relationship between a brother and a sister, and Patchett really does a great job capturing this one. I enjoyed watching Maeve and Danny grow up and deal with past regrets, new loves, the rise, fall and rise again of fortunes, and well... life. And in Ann Patchett's hands, it also makes for one top notch novel.

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QNBKPR
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."

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cnadalin
Oct 05, 2019

Linda recommended

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Daisybates
Sep 30, 2019

Best book I have read in a very long time!

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mareegallagher
Sep 28, 2019

No ebook

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darladoodles
Sep 17, 2019

This book enticed me with its gorgeous cover and enigmatic title. What is a "Dutch house?" It is the house that Danny Conroy lives in from birth and is ejected from as a teenager. He and his sister Maeve costar with the house in this new historical fiction title from Ann Patchett. Also included is a tapestry of characters who come and go in the lives of Danny and Maeve. This rich and meaty character-driven novel should be on the top of the list for book clubs this fall. Groups will find so much to discuss in the motivations, actions and achievements of the inhabitants who surround "The Dutch House." Heck, I want to live there myself!

debwalker Aug 27, 2019

Family drama and obsession with the Dutch House.

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