The Dutch House by Ann Patchett⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This novel is a near perfect masterpiece. The story is expansive and at times dark. The themes of greediness, abandonment, and family strife are as painful as the sibling love and support are joyous.

Spoilers below:

Danny is a great narrator. His story is circuitous and moves forward and back in time while examining and highlighting his relationship with his sister and the family chaos surrounding them. Danny’s older sister, Maeve, is larger than life. Tall, beautiful, protective. She raises him after their mother abandons them, and protects him when their dad dies. Danny hurts knowing she has saved him from the harshness if being an abandoned child but he couldn’t do the same for her since he is younger.

The story’s eponymous Dutch House, is not Dutch but it is a larger than life backdrop. The house has a history, a story, and when Danny’s dad buys it, it is both beloved and hated by the new owners.

After Danny’s mom, Elna, leaves, his dad remarried a younger mother of two girls. Andrea is more than just a stereotypical evil stepmother. While her mean-spiritedness drives much of the plot, she is inconsequential to the point of being a flat, character even to her own children. Andrea is the foil to the children’s mother. Andrea is selfish to the point if villainous while Elna is selfless and altruistic.

I highly recommend this novel. I think it is for those who enjoy Donna Tartt, Celeste Ng, or Kristin Hannah.

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