Year 14, Book 60

60. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Danny and his older sister Maeve grew up in a large imposing mansion outside Philadelphia known as The Dutch House after the people who built it. Bought by their father after he built a successful real estate business the Dutch House became the centerpiece of their lives. The book covers five decades from their childhoods in the home through the many years after they were kicked out of the house by their stepmother after their father’s death. It’s the story of family, longing, and duty all influenced by a house that seemed to hold an undue influence over everyone’s lives. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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