The Dutch House - Ann Patchett

The Dutch House

By Ann Patchett

  • Release Date: 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 4,389 Ratings


Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

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 2019

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

Ann Patchett, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth, delivers her most powerful novel to date: a 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.


  • Miraculous storytelling

    By rikibcarignan
    Every word is breathtaking. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Lovely

    By Blogcrazy
    A delightful gentle read from beginning to end. Rich in enough detail to please this interior designers soul.
  • Dutch House

    By YayaNetski
    Interesting family intrigue.
  • A journey

    By suhollan
    The choices we make. Seems convoluted early on but keeps getting better. Comes together beautifully.
  • Family drama in a beautiful home

    By ups ship
    Loved the characters....story made me sad, but also made me count my family blessings!
  • New Favorite

    By SSueMiler
    This is my new favorite book and author. I absolutely loved it!
  • Wonderful story, beautifully written.

    By Never enough rain!
    I loved the characters in this story. What an intriguing read.
  • Slow Burn

    By asapr212
    It took me several chapters to decide if I was “in” but once I was, I had to see it through to the end, which is the mark of a good story.
  • Children caught in the middle

    By -Southern-Charm
    Adult decisions and delusions impact children. How they adapt and blossom is remarkable.
  • Amazing!

    By CZ1622
    Such a powerful message and absolutely beautiful writing! The author gets it right at every single turn. I love this book and didn’t want to put it down.