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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Extra Book - The Dutch House

 Book: The Dutch House

Author: Ann Patchett

Pages: 352

This is my 48th read for the year

This is the story of Danny and his family.  After the second world war, Danny's father who has recently become quite wealthy, buys an enormous estate called The Dutch House.  His father bought the house for his wife as a surprise and soon things began to spiral out of control.

What happened to Danny and his sister Maeve over their childhood and adolscents would be a mother who left them, a father who died, and a step mother that wanted nothing to do with them.  Despite their issues, they prevailed and clung desparately to each other even into adulthood as Danny married and had his own family.  In the end, their lives come full circle with their family and The Dutch House.

This was a fair book.  I think my favorite part of it is that the audiobook was narrated by Tom Hanks.  It was fun to hear his voice tell the story.  The story itself requires some concentration because the story flits around to past and present as Danny fills in the holes of his life and his time in The Dutch House.  It is a complex story that held me to the end.  I won't give anything else away, but just want to say that what happens in the end is a bit unbelievable and just seems like the author wanting to bring a somewhat happier end to their story.

I don't say pass it up.  I say try it out and see for yourself.

Stars:  3 1/2

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