The Dutch house: A Novel

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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.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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subject_facetBrothers and sisters -- Fiction
Dysfunctional families -- Fiction
Electronic books
Families -- Fiction
Families -- Pennsylvania -- Fiction
Family problems -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Inheritance and succession -- Fiction
Pennsylvania -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Fiction
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Poverty -- Fiction
Stepmothers -- Fiction
title_displayThe Dutch house : a novel
title_fullThe Dutch House : a novel [electronic resource] / Ann Patchett
The Dutch House A Novel
The Dutch house : a novel / Ann Patchett
The Dutch house : a novel [electronic resource] / Ann Patchett
title_shortThe Dutch house
title_subA Novel
topic_facetBrothers and sisters
Dysfunctional families
Electronic books
Families
Family problems
Fiction
History
Inheritance and succession
Literature
Poverty
Stepmothers