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The Dutch House: A Novel

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Tom Hanks

9 Hours 54 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

September 2019

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Audiobook performed by Tom Hanks.

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | A New York Times Book Review Notable Book | TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019 | 2020 Audie Finalist – Audiobook of The Year & Best Male Narrator

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, The Washington Post; O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Refinery29, and Buzzfeed

Ann Patchett, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth, delivers her 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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  • Anonymous

    I wish Tom Hanks narrated all my books! Engrossing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Just kept waiting for something to happen, but it’s character development without plot. Brilliantly read by Tom Hanks, he was the best part of this book.

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  • Kaylee S.

    Great read!!! If you looking for a beautifully written story and great narration this is the book for you. The characters have depth and the story flows effortlessly throughout their life. Truly a beautiful listen, Tom Hanks draws you in with his rich and emotional voice while keeping in mind the authors voice. I have already recommended it to my family and friends.

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  • SueC

    I absolutely loved this book! Great characters and a moving story. Tom Hanks was also a wonderful narrator. I actually read it several times. I really loved the two main characters... I missed them when I completed the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Great book by great reader. Marvelous!

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  • Anonymous

    Loved the story and especially loved Tom Hanks reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Tom Hanks is an excellent narrator! I thought the book, while interesting, was longer than it needed to be.

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  • Chris S.

    Loved the story and richness of characters. And I could listen to Tom Hanks read the phone book!

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  • Ferrell Jackson

    This was a little confusing in the beginning but once you understand the way it jumps back a forth between periods of time, it's fine. Tom Hanks was great, the book was so so.

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