The Dutch House
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.
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’ GuardianLonglisted for the Women’s Prize 2020A 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.‘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