As the years go by and one generation of owners passes the home on to another, the house grows and changes. A Japanese family extends the garden and adds a bathhouse; a Finnish family builds another storey and turns the bathhouse into a sauna. A barn and verandah are added, orchards grow, the trees extend their shade and family after family love the house and make it their own. A subtle and quietly poetic story, The Patchwork House builds layer on layer of past generations and different cultures as it explores the question of what makes an old house a home.
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I had hoped to see more families of color represented in this story, and more culturally distinctive changes made to the house by each family. A less wordy text and a greater number of culturally diverse characters would have been better. Oh well.