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The Dutch House: A Novel

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Tom Hanks

9 Hours 54 Minutes

HarperAudio

September 2019

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett's most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
The story is told by Cyril's son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they're together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they've lost with humor and rage. But when at last they're forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

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  • Margaret F.

    Tom Hanks is a perfect narrator for the beautifully written book!

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  • Anonymous

    Great listen!

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  • Tammy K.

    Absolutely one of the best books I’ve listened to. Beautifully written and preformed.

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  • Carolyn A.

    Exquisite! Such rich and well-developed characters within a very satisfying story. The book finishes strong, too, which is a failing of many novels. And Tom Hanks brings the book to life in a comforting way.

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  • Gina M.

    OMG! Tom Hanks rocks this book! I didn’t want it to end. Loved the characters and just simply enjoyed the read from beginning to end. Thank you Anne and Tom!

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  • Elizabeth R.

    An absolutely lovely "slice of life" novel, beautifully drawn and delivered by Tom Hanks. Loved it very much. I'll likely listen to it again.

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  • Carol V.

    Very interesting different kind of story - I loved Tom Hanks as narrator!

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  • Anonymous

    Great book!

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  • Claude M.

    I liked this novel very much...Tom Hanks was so good.

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  • Caprice M.

    The combination of a great story and Tom Hanks narrating made this one of my new favorites!

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