The Dutch House

Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2020

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Publisher Description

Lose yourself in the story of a lifetime – the unforgettable Sunday Times bestseller

'Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature' Guardian

Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2020



A STORY OF TWO SIBLINGS, THEIR CHILDHOOD HOME, AND A PAST THAT THEY CAN'T LET GO.



Like swallows, like salmon, we were the helpless captives of our migratory patterns. We pretended that what we had lost was the house, not our mother, not our father. We pretended that what we had lost had been taken from us by the person who still lived inside.



Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. The siblings grow and change as life plays out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners, in the frames of their oil paintings.



Then one day their father brings Andrea home. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives…



'The best book I've read in years' Rosamund Lupton

'Her finest novel yet' Sunday Times

'The buzz around The Dutch House is totally justified. Her best yet, which is saying something' John Boyne

'A masterpiece' Cathy Rentzenbrink

'Bliss' Nigella Lawson

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
24 September
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Bloomsbury Publishing
SIZE
1.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Melifiscent ,

A Gorgeous read

Immerse yourself in the time, the place, the feeling. Truly gripped me. It has hallmarks of Catcher In The Rye for me. I loved it.

wizPeters ,

It's "just" a book

Perhaps it is the person I have become at this point in my life - but The Dutch House spoke to me in a beautiful and unsettling way. I recognise the love for a sister and the disappointment of childhood, and more than that I recognise the storytelling skill of a writer who held my attention and led me through her world to a point where I didn't want the book to end.

I have my own version of the Dutch house. Like Maeve and Danny I often sit in my parked car, and whilst reading and sipping coffee I gaze between trees, across some open ground towards a grand Victorian building with turrets, towers and tilled roofs. My version of the Dutch house was an asylum for many years, perhaps an apt comparison for Ann Prachett's version.

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