The Dutch House: A Novel

The Dutch House: A Novel

by Ann Patchett

Narrated by Tom Hanks

Unabridged — 9 hours, 53 minutes

The Dutch House: A Novel

The Dutch House: A Novel

by Ann Patchett

Narrated by Tom Hanks

Unabridged — 9 hours, 53 minutes

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist | New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | A New York Times Book Review Notable Book | TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of the Year

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, The Washington Post; O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Refinery29, and Buzzfeed

From Ann Patchett, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth, comes a powerful, 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. 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.

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.


Editorial Reviews

OCTOBER 2019 - AudioFile

Tom Hanks narrates this novel about Danny and Maeve, and their beloved childhood home, The Dutch House, with a restraint that admirably captures the writing’s surface calm and buried tension. Set in 1950s Philadelphia, Patchett’s first book since COMMONWEALTH feels as timeless as a fairy story, and is, in fact, satisfyingly full of classic tropes—grand house, distant father, abandoning mother, wicked stepmother, controlling wife. Hanks takes his narrative cue from Danny, who tells the story in a mix of bemusement, wonder, and nostalgia. It’s not a dramatic performance but is, instead, a sensitive and warm reading of a fine novel about love, loyalty, redemption, forgiveness, and what we will do to make the world the way we want it to be. A.C.S. 2020 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

From the Publisher

The Dutch House has the richness, allusiveness, and emotional heft of the best fiction.” — Boston Globe

"As always, the author draws us close to her protagonists swiftly and gracefully." — Wall Street Journal

"Patchett’s prose is confident, unfussy and unadorned." — New York Times

A big-hearted, capacious novel...” — Chapter 16

The Dutch House is unusual, thoughtful and oddly exciting, as well-told domestic dramas can be.” — Columbus Dispatch

“Patchett’s storytelling abilities shine in this gratifying novel.” — Associated Press

"As always, Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature." — The Guardian

"For Patchett fans who have been waiting for years, it's a worthwhile read." — Evening Standard (London)

"Ann Patchett spins a dark, compelling fairy tale in The Dutch House." — Entertainment Weekly

"The Dutch House confirms what we've always known: Ann Patchett doesn't write a bad book." — BookPage

"This finely textured novel is made up of many such small, intimate moments, yet the effect is sweeping, grand, and lavish—and all deeply moving." — New York Journal of Books

"This is a serious and poignant story, but also a delightfully funny one." — Washington Independent Review of Books

“This richly furnished novel gives brilliantly clear views into the lives it contains.” — Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

"You won’t want to put down this engrossing, warmhearted book even after you’ve read the last page.” — NPR

“Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.” — New York Times Book Review

“Patchett is a master storyteller.” — O, the Oprah Magazine

“Patchett’s splendid novel is a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of obsession and forgiveness, what people acquire, keep, lose or give away, and what they leave behind.” — Publishers Weekly(starred review)

“A lavishly gifted writer.” — Los Angeles Times

“Patchett writes enviable prose—fluid, simple, direct, clear, and fearless.” — Esquire

“Enchanting.” — PEOPLE Magazine, Best Books of Fall 2019

“Patchett is at her subtle yet shining finest in this gloriously incisive, often droll, quietly suspenseful drama of family, ambition, and home. . . . With echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in sync with Alice McDermott, Patchett gracefully choreographs surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with the need to be one’s true self.” — Booklist

"The Dutch House is beautifully written and often tender." — The Spectator

"A great novelist is on top form with this tale of lost family home." — The Times (London)

"Subtle mystery, psychological page-turner, Patchett's latest is a thriller." — Washington Post

Chapter 16

A big-hearted, capacious novel...

BookPage

"The Dutch House confirms what we've always known: Ann Patchett doesn't write a bad book."

Boston Globe

The Dutch House has the richness, allusiveness, and emotional heft of the best fiction.

Evening Standard (London)

"For Patchett fans who have been waiting for years, it's a worthwhile read."

Columbus Dispatch

The Dutch House is unusual, thoughtful and oddly exciting, as well-told domestic dramas can be.

Entertainment Weekly

"Ann Patchett spins a dark, compelling fairy tale in The Dutch House."

Associated Press

Patchett’s storytelling abilities shine in this gratifying novel.

The Guardian

"As always, Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature."

New York Times

"Patchett’s prose is confident, unfussy and unadorned."

Wall Street Journal

"As always, the author draws us close to her protagonists swiftly and gracefully."

Washington Independent Review of Books

"This is a serious and poignant story, but also a delightfully funny one."

New York Journal of Books

"This finely textured novel is made up of many such small, intimate moments, yet the effect is sweeping, grand, and lavish—and all deeply moving."

The Spectator

"The Dutch House is beautifully written and often tender."

PEOPLE Magazine

Enchanting.

Washington Post

"Subtle mystery, psychological page-turner, Patchett's latest is a thriller."

NPR

"You won’t want to put down this engrossing, warmhearted book even after you’ve read the last page.

Esquire

Patchett writes enviable prose—fluid, simple, direct, clear, and fearless.

Booklist

Patchett is at her subtle yet shining finest in this gloriously incisive, often droll, quietly suspenseful drama of family, ambition, and home. . . . With echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in sync with Alice McDermott, Patchett gracefully choreographs surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with the need to be one’s true self.

New York Times Book Review

Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.

the Oprah Magazine O

Patchett is a master storyteller.

|Los Angeles Times

A lavishly gifted writer.

The Times (London)

"A great novelist is on top form with this tale of lost family home."

Washington Post

"Subtle mystery, psychological page-turner, Patchett's latest is a thriller."

Los Angeles Times

A lavishly gifted writer.

Wall Street Journal

"As always, the author draws us close to her protagonists swiftly and gracefully."

Booklist

Patchett is at her subtle yet shining finest in this gloriously incisive, often droll, quietly suspenseful drama of family, ambition, and home. . . . With echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in sync with Alice McDermott, Patchett gracefully choreographs surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with the need to be one’s true self.

Evening Standard (London)

"For Patchett fans who have been waiting for years, it's a worthwhile read."

Washington Post

"Subtle mystery, psychological page-turner, Patchett's latest is a thriller."

Entertainment Weekly

"Ann Patchett spins a dark, compelling fairy tale in The Dutch House."

Washington Independent Review of Books

"This is a serious and poignant story, but also a delightfully funny one."

New York Journal of Books

"This finely textured novel is made up of many such small, intimate moments, yet the effect is sweeping, grand, and lavish—and all deeply moving."

Wall Street Journal

As always, the author draws us close to her protagonists swiftly and gracefully.

The Guardian

"As always, Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature."

PEOPLE Magazine

Enchanting.

Associated Press

Patchett’s storytelling abilities shine in this gratifying novel.

NPR

"You won’t want to put down this engrossing, warmhearted book even after you’ve read the last page.

Booklist

Patchett is at her subtle yet shining finest in this gloriously incisive, often droll, quietly suspenseful drama of family, ambition, and home. . . . With echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in sync with Alice McDermott, Patchett gracefully choreographs surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with the need to be one’s true self.

Chapter 16

A big-hearted, capacious novel...

Boston Globe

The Dutch House has the richness, allusiveness, and emotional heft of the best fiction.

the Oprah Magazine O

Patchett is a master storyteller.

Columbus Dispatch

The Dutch House is unusual, thoughtful and oddly exciting, as well-told domestic dramas can be.

BookPage

"The Dutch House confirms what we've always known: Ann Patchett doesn't write a bad book."

New York Times

Patchett’s prose is confident, unfussy and unadorned.

New York Times Book Review

Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.

Los Angeles Times

A lavishly gifted writer.

Esquire

Patchett writes enviable prose—fluid, simple, direct, clear, and fearless.

The Spectator

"The Dutch House is beautifully written and often tender."

The Times (London)

"A great novelist is on top form with this tale of lost family home."

OCTOBER 2019 - AudioFile

Tom Hanks narrates this novel about Danny and Maeve, and their beloved childhood home, The Dutch House, with a restraint that admirably captures the writing’s surface calm and buried tension. Set in 1950s Philadelphia, Patchett’s first book since COMMONWEALTH feels as timeless as a fairy story, and is, in fact, satisfyingly full of classic tropes—grand house, distant father, abandoning mother, wicked stepmother, controlling wife. Hanks takes his narrative cue from Danny, who tells the story in a mix of bemusement, wonder, and nostalgia. It’s not a dramatic performance but is, instead, a sensitive and warm reading of a fine novel about love, loyalty, redemption, forgiveness, and what we will do to make the world the way we want it to be. A.C.S. 2020 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940170036639
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 200,170
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