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Dutch House
Dutch House | Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her 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."'Do you think it's possible to ever see the past as it actually was?' I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer."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.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. Filled with suspense, you may read it quickly to find out what happens, but what happens to Danny and Maeve will stay with you for a very long time.
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reluctantangeleno
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This was one of those books that you hug to your chest after finishing. I was craving another warm, character-driven family saga after reading "Ask Again, Yes" and this didn't disappoint. Lots of fairy-tale elements and I loved the relationship between Danny and Maeve. I feel so grateful for having spent time with them.

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Becker
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This was one of my best book experiences of the year. The story is rich and touching but it was brought to perfection with Tom Hank‘s narration on the audio which I just can‘t rave enough about. I felt such loss when it was over. Excellent. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

marleed It‘s one of my Top6Reads of the year! 1d
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Ann Patchett just writes such amazing characters and this story about a brother and sister who lose their mother (she runs off when they are young) and live in this giant mansion called the Dutch house with their father and younger wife is vivid and beautiful.

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Cinfhen
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My friend is visiting from NY and she knows not to come empty handed ♥️Sooooo excited about these books 📚 #BookFriendsAreTheBestFriends 🙏🏼

Cathythoughts I have the Dutch House too.. I hear good things ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Kalalalatja Lovely friend you‘ve got there 👌 2mo
Cinfhen My friend read all 3 books @Cathythoughts and she said Dutch House was by far the BEST!! I‘m really looking forward to reading it @Kalalalatja ❤️ 2mo
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KarenUK Nice picks! How lovely! 💕 2mo
TrishB I‘m looking forward to Dutch House eventually too!! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Damn, your friend spoiled you! 2mo
BeckyMerilatt The Dutch House is one of my favorites of the year. ❤️❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen I really liked Dutch House too @BeckyMerilatt but I think the Woodson was even better 1mo
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Kelly
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Went to the library and the book store today 😍😍

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BeckyMerilatt
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I loved this. It reminded me a bit of The Goldfinch - a family saga that spans years. Similar themes of loss and redemption. I could have read it in one sitting if I had had time. Ann Patchett is a wonder. Out in September.

irre So excited! Love Ann Patchett 8mo
cathipink Yes! I had the same thought re: The Goldfinch. 2mo
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