The Dutch House

The Dutch House

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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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 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062963673
0062963678
9780062966292
Branch Call Number: FIC PATCH
Characteristics: 337 pages

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Jennifer's Pick: "This book is about a brother and sister, who have never been able to escape the shadows cast by events relating to their childhood home. The premise is simple enough, but I was immediately captivated by this artfully woven story which has the perfect amount of character d... Read More »


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Excellent plot and character development. Writing craft is utilitarian. The theme of the lost mother reminds me of Maeve Binchy's Glass Lake.

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lyndasclater
Feb 13, 2021

Book Club Feb/21.

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Dee_BPL
Feb 09, 2021

I truly enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Tom Hanks. Highly recommend!

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Einer2
Feb 05, 2021

I think the jacket is even more striking than the story. It is a quirky story with interesting characters/relationships.

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gale37
Jan 24, 2021

A somewhat interesting read...to read in-between something with a more thoughtful plot or non-fiction that interests the reader.. Good research on medical details and architecture. I would say good Summer reading...but not a memorable one.

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BarbG1971
Jan 22, 2021

Did not care for this book, really no plot an is a boring read!

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0424pat
Jan 19, 2021

Refers to the architecture. Good read.

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Marija22
Jan 18, 2021

I loved this book. Long after I have finished it, I still think of it and the characters. The house itself acts as a character in the book. The house was clearly not a typical house, and to the kids, it was more than just a house: it represented their childhood and what they had lost--not just materially speaking, but the loss of their mother and their father and then finally the house itself where they were all last a family together. The house as the primary setting for the story really sets the mood and tone of the book, as you imagine this large, imposing house that is not warm, and requires a staff to operate, yet is largly empty of love and life. The story was told in a calm and quiet way with a gentle cadence. While it is a sad story for the two siblings, ultimately, what you walk away with is the sense of the love they shared for each other well into their adult lives, which was beautiful. The kids grow to represent home to one another, regardless of any house they are occupying or not occupying. It was a beautifully written book-- I could not put it down.

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bsams61
Jan 10, 2021

Totally disappointed in this book. Story is very slow moving... Will probably not read another Ann Patchett book.

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jkellerhand
Jan 05, 2021

Maria recommended

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IrisLover77inGA
Oct 14, 2020

"Do you think it's possible to ever see the past as it actually was?" ...we overlay the present onto the past. 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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behere
Feb 27, 2020

"...the things we could do nothing about were best put out of our minds." p.70

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cknightkc
Jan 21, 2020

“Habit is a funny thing. You might think you understand it, but you can never exactly see what it looks like when you’re doing it.” - p.255

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cknightkc
Jan 21, 2020

"Disappointment comes from expectation, and in those days I had no expectation that Andrea would get anything less than what she wanted.” - pp. 58-59

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cknightkc
Jan 21, 2020

“Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?” I asked my sister…

“I see the past as it actually was, “ Maeve said….

“But we overlay the present onto the past. 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.” - p. 45

ArapahoeStaff26 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

ArapahoeStaff26 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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