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The Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett X
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2019, 352 pages
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    Jan 5, 2021, 352 pages

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Rory L. Aronsky
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A pair of siblings with a close bond lean on each other throughout a lifetime of bitterness over the stepmother that wronged them, returning again and again to their childhood home.

The Dutch House is my introduction to Ann Patchett, which, after reading it, surprises me. I had only heard of her in passing, while always on the way to another author, another novel, never really turning her way. Why did it take me so long to discover her? As I see it now, Patchett is one of those novelists, like John Irving or Anne Tyler, who come to you at just the right time, when you didn't even know you needed them. During that initial encounter with the author, you realize that they're crucial to you in that time, a gentle guide through whatever problems you've been facing. They give you characters going through similar situations, not for comparison, as if to say, "Oh, I'm so glad that's not me," but to give hope. These characters have endured and have come through, and so will you.

There are a few times in life when you leap up and the past that you'd been standing on ...

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