Rich in metaphor and flawless in tone, The Dutch House sees one of the world’s finest living novelists at the top of her game. Shimmering with melancholy, this extraordinary book takes a scalpel to family dynamics and the irretrievable loss of youthful pride. A novel of jewel-like beauty and emotional insight.
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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.
Her arrival will exact a banishment: a banishment whose reverberations will echo for the rest of their lives. For all that the world is open to him, for all that he can accumulate, for all that life is full, Danny and his sister are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own enforced exile is that of their mother's self-imposed one: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.
Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives, and the lives of those who survive us.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'We're calling it now: The Dutch House will be the book of the autumn ... Her finest novel yet' - The 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' - Jojo Moyes
'Ann Patchett writes novels that quietly and thoroughly devastate the reader - in a good way. Her new novel is no exception' - Red
'What a spectacular novel. A masterpiece, I'd say' - Cathy Rentzenbrink
'Wise and funny and unwraps the complexities of human beings with heartbreaking tenderness. I love this book' - Renee Knight
'Bliss' - Nigella Lawson
'The buzz around The Dutch House is totally justified. Her best yet, which is saying something' - John Boyne
'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
'As always, Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature.' - The Guardian
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