The Dutch House



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Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish folly in small-town Pennsylvania taken on by his property developer father. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her delicacy, her brilliance. Life is comfortable and coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings, or under the cover of the draperies around the window seat in Maeve's room. Then one day their father brings Andrea home: Andrea, small and neat, a dark hat no bigger than a saucer pinned over a twist of her fair hair. Though they cannot know it, Andrea's advent to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives.



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Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature Guardian Her finest novel yet Sunday Times A wonderful hypnotic masterpiece of a novel. The best book I've read in years Bliss The buzz around The Dutch House is totally justified. Her best yet, which is saying something What a spectacular novel. A masterpiece, I'd say A gloriously immersive family saga about lost inheritance Guardian, Books of the Year One of my top favourite contemporary writers. I don't think that there's a book of hers that I haven't put down at the end and been haunted by for weeks after Gillian Anderson The vicissitudes of life in a step-family unfold over five decades … A moving portrait of an unusual house and the unhappy family living in it The Times, Book of the Year A rare book, the kind you ration, one that grabs you by the heart and brain and pulls you right in Evening Standard The Dutch House is a novel that assures Patchett, alongside John Irving and Anne Tyler, a place as one of the foremost chroniclers of the burdens of emotional inventory and its central place in American lives Financial Times Indelibly poignant in its long unspooling perspective on family life, The Dutch House brilliantly captures how time undoes all certainties Observer An intimate and transporting novel … The Dutch House is a novel brimming with pain and tenderness in which Patchett's gifts as a storyteller are on full display … A searching, exquisitely wrenching novel about family, sacrifice and obsession Sunday Times One of the most celebrated novelists of our times … But it is her new book, widely billed a one of this autumn's best new reads, where she truly comes into her own Sunday Times Magazine A family story full of love and pain and insight Herald, Books of the Year Impeccably fine … A thoughtful, quietly profound book i paper The Dutch House offers … A simultaneous awareness of human fragility and human resilience Daily Telegraph As always, Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life, rather than literature Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year She uses her signature blend of wry humour, rage and regret in a tale of siblings who cannot escape the shadow of their childhood home i Masterly The Times An outstanding novel, wryly funny, heart-breakingly sad and entirely engrossing S Magazine We're calling it now: The Dutch House will be the book of the autumn ... Her finest novel yet Sunday Times Few novelists today combine such a forensic eye with an acute and humane understanding of human nature. I would read Ann Patchett's shopping list Patchett is a master at pacing and detail … The question of what makes a home pervades this gripping book New Statesman She rivals Tyler for emotional acuity Metro Ann Patchett writes novels that quietly and thoroughly devastate the reader - in a good way. Her new novel is no exception Red Patchett well deserves her reputation for compelling novels, and The Dutch House is her most enthralling yet Vogue Wise and funny and unwraps the complexities of human beings with heartbreaking tenderness. I love this book If there's a better, more poignant or involving novel than The Dutch House published this year, I will be very, very surprised Andrew Holgate A dark modern fairy tale, a delicately woven portrait of a family in flux Evening Standard The plot is gentle but firm while Patchett's prose dazzles with detail and nuance, spinning a story that tucks itself inside your heart i paper Wonderfully astute ... Patchett's books … have a sly comic undertow Mail on Sunday