Ann Patchett

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The Dutch House

book | Fiction | Aug 2019

Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?’ I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer.”

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.

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. Filled with suspense, you may read it quickly to find out what happens, but what happens to Danny and Maeve will stay with you for a very long time.


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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

If there's a better, more poignant or involving novel than The Dutch House published this year, I will be very, very surprised. Absolutely copper-bottomed wonderful.

Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times Lit Ed

The Dutch House is her best yet. I LOVED it. 

Emma Straub

The Dutch House is a masterpiece about family, love, sacrifice and betrayal which explores the very nature of home ... Quite extraordinary.

The Bookseller


Nigella Lawson

The buzz around this novel is totally justified. Her best yet, which is saying something.

John Boyne

A wonderful, hypnotic masterpiece of a novel. The best book I've read in years.

Rosamund Lupton

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.

Renée Knight

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

A wonderful story told with such skill and depth I felt like I'd lived in The Dutch House and knew its flawed and complex inhabitants intimately.

Francesca Jakobi

Ann Patchett writes novels that quietly and thoroughly devastate the reader -- in a good way. Her new novel is no exception.


The book of the autumn

Sunday Times

Patchett's first novel since the masterly Commonwealth ... It is just as good.

The Times

An outstanding novel, wryly funny, heart-breakingly sad and entirely engrossing.

S Magazine (5 stars)

Patchett well deserves her reputation for compelling novels, and The Dutch House is her most enthralling yet.


She rivals Tyler for emotional acuity


Patchett is a master at pacing and detail ... The question of what makes a home pervades this gripping book.

New Statesman

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