Book Recommendation: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

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Book Recommendation: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

 

The Dutch House (2019) is a "dark fairy tale about siblings who cannot overcome their past." This novel is set over the course of five decades. By The New York Times bestselling American author Ann Patchett. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her books.

 

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ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, RunState of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction–Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, What Now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays examining the theme of commitment. In 2019, she published her first children’s book, Lambslide, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Patchett has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including England’s Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Book Sense Book of the Year, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the American Bookseller’s Association’s Most Engaging Author Award, and the Women’s National Book Association’s Award. Her books have been both New York Times Notable Books and New York Times bestsellers. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

In November, 2011, she opened Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with her business partner Karen Hayes.  She has since become a spokesperson for independent booksellers, championing books and bookstores on NPR, The Colbert Report (including the series finale), Oprah's Super Soul SundayThe Martha Stewart Show, and The CBS Early Show, among many others. Along with James Patterson, she was the honorary chair of World Book Night. In 2012 she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Ann Patchett lives in Nashville with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky. Click here to subscribe to her blog, Notes from Ann, featuring book recommendations, exclusive commentary, articles, and more. Follow along with Parnassus Books on Twitter, InstagramFacebook, and the bookstore blog, Musing.

 

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Goodreads Review of The Dutch House

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 unshakable 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.

 

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Ann Patchett   

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Patron Saint of Liars (1992) 

Taft (1994)         

The Magician's Assistant (1997) 

Bel Canto (2001)              

Run (2007)         

What Now?  (2008)        

State of Wonder (2011) 

Commonwealth (2016)  

The Dutch House (2019)               

Jul 13, 2020 05:36 AM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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The Dutch House sounds like a great book for readers of dark fairytales, Roy!

Jul 13, 2020 06:09 AM #2
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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I don't get to read too much for pleasure but I referred this book to my beautiful wife of 40 years. We celebrated our anniversary yesterday.

Happy Monday to you and Delores Roy Kelley 

Jul 13, 2020 06:47 AM #4
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! 40 is a good milestone to pass.

Jul 13, 2020 06:49 AM #5
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Roy,

Sounds like a very interesting plot, and I will check it out later this summer.  Happy Monday.  A

Jul 13, 2020 08:34 AM #6
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Hi Roy... first, trust you are recovering well... second, this sounds like my kind of book!

Jul 13, 2020 11:09 AM #7
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Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

I hope you are reading a good book.

Jul 13, 2020 11:20 AM #8
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This is a well written book that is easy reading.

Thanks for asking about my recovery. I am doing better each day since my surgery on July 5th.

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Hi Roy,  Congratulations on your Best Picture award.  Thanks for sharing the Book recommendation - The Dutch House.  Looks like fairy tales aren't just or kids anymore.

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