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The Dutch House

The Dutch House

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062963673
0062963678
9780062966292
0062966294
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm.

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512cadcock
May 06, 2021

Can’t say I’ve ever read other books where a house was a main character. This house tore its inhabitants apart, brought new ones together, tore them apart and brought the cast back together again. I really enjoyed this coming of age tale of longing, family and forgiveness. This was just one of those great books that I never wanted to end.

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collisgillian
Apr 13, 2021

I loved this book and felt like I was somehow there with them all. Sharing the pain, loneliness, sadness, forgiveness, love. I’ll remember this book for a long time.

JCLHeatherM Mar 20, 2021

A complicated family history is dissected, with the potential for forgiveness and reconciliation, though the path is never easy.

WPL_Erin Mar 16, 2021

This was okay. Just not my cup of tea. Lagged a lot for me and was a bit slow.

Excellent plot and character development. Writing craft is utilitarian. The theme of the lost mother reminds me of Maeve Binchy's Glass Lake.

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lyndasclater
Feb 13, 2021

Book Club Feb/21.

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Dee_BPL
Feb 09, 2021

I truly enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Tom Hanks. Highly recommend!

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Einer2
Feb 05, 2021

I think the jacket is even more striking than the story. It is a quirky story with interesting characters/relationships.

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gale37
Jan 24, 2021

A somewhat interesting read...to read in-between something with a more thoughtful plot or non-fiction that interests the reader.. Good research on medical details and architecture. I would say good Summer reading...but not a memorable one.

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BarbG1971
Jan 22, 2021

Did not care for this book, really no plot an is a boring read!

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IrisLover77inGA
Oct 14, 2020

"Do you think it's possible to ever see the past as it actually was?" ...we overlay the present onto the past. We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we're not seeing it as the people we were, we're seeing it as the people we are, and that means the past has been radically altered"

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behere
Feb 27, 2020

"...the things we could do nothing about were best put out of our minds." p.70

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cknightkc
Jan 21, 2020

“Habit is a funny thing. You might think you understand it, but you can never exactly see what it looks like when you’re doing it.” - p.255

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cknightkc
Jan 21, 2020

"Disappointment comes from expectation, and in those days I had no expectation that Andrea would get anything less than what she wanted.” - pp. 58-59

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cknightkc
Jan 21, 2020

“Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?” I asked my sister…

“I see the past as it actually was, “ Maeve said….

“But we overlay the present onto the past. We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we’re not seeing it as the people we were, we’re seeing it as the people we are, and that means the past has been radically altered.” - p. 45

ArapahoeStaff26 Nov 03, 2019

'Home is so sad...It stays as it was left, shaped to the comfort of the last to go as if to win them back. Instead, bereft of anyone to please, it withers so, having no heart to put aside the theft. And turn again to what it started as, a joyous shot at how things ought to be, long fallen wide. You can see how it was: look at the pictures and the cutlery. The music in the piano stool. That vase.' Larkin

ArapahoeStaff26 Nov 03, 2019

'You think he was sleeping with Fluffy?' I asked her... The news of this affair came to me as most information did: many years after the fact, in a car parked outside the Dutch house with my sister.

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