• Sushma Ramesh

Book review – The Dutch house by Ann Patchett

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

Hi all, I am back with another book review..its titled as the bestselling book of the autumn 2019 by Sunday times..read on to know more about the book and my thoughts on the same 🙂



  1. Book name: The Dutch House

  2. Author: Ann Patchett

  3. Publishers: bloomsbury India publishing

  4. Price: 550 INR

  5. Available in: amazon and flipkart


Blurb of the book:


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. Her arrival will exact a banishment: a banishment whose reverberations will echo for the rest of their lives.


For all that the world is open to him, for all that he can accumulate, for all that life is full, Danny and his sister are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own enforced exile is that of their mother’s self-imposed one: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.


Told with Ann Patchett’s inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives, and the lives of those who survive us.


About the Author:


Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction three times; with The Magician’s Assistant in 1998, winning the prize with Bel Canto in 2002, and was most recently shortlisted withState of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl.


My take on the book:


Somebody, please tell me how gorgeous is this book cover..I’m not guilty when I say this but I picked up the book only for its stunning cover.❤ I was so looking forward to reading this book. the storyline is very simple yet is so captivating..author’s way of characterization of each individual in the story is so up to the mark..not just that, even the importance given to the house is a splendid work..the entire book was full of the things I love in any book. 🙂


it was so well written and narrated that I was completely lost in it..the book without any doubt came alive and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it..it was one complete delight to read and I’m so glad that I picked up Pratchett’s work.. such a masterpiece writing! I would highly recommend it to everyone. even if you don’t like the story(which is not possible) it would be one beautiful cover sitting up in your book collection.. ❤


P.S: I actually picked up the audiobook narrated by TOM HANKS and thanks to him for such Brilliant narration of Danny and his life story!


Overall ratings: * * * *


Will I recommend this book?


Yes! Also gonna pickup some of the other titles by Patchette..have fallen in love with her writing 🙂


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