The Dutch House

The Dutch House

A Novel

Book - 2019
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062963673
Branch Call Number: PATCHETT A
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm


From Library Staff

The Dutch House shifts the focus of the relationship from romantic to siblings, but the story is another opportunity to see the way that a long-term relationship between two people influences the decisions and direction of each. Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House tells the story... Read More »

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jun 28, 2020

I really enjoyed this book, especially since I am familiar with this area. Recommended this book to my friends.

Jun 28, 2020

5 star read. It took me a while to get to this book but I am very glad that I read it. This was a book that grabbed me by the hand in the first chapter and led me along into the lives of the family who lived in the Dutch house throughout all the trials and tribulations, making me feel like I was in the room with them and experiencing everything as it happened. This book was a real treasure. I loved it.

Jun 27, 2020

This is not Patchett's best work.
I waited so long to get it from the library that I gave in and bought it.
Wish I had saved my money.

Jun 25, 2020

I enjoyed the beginning of this story, but once the siblings reached adulthood much of their story was told to us as they sat and talked in a car parked down the street from their childhood home. I wish we had the opportunity to witness the events as they happened. Still it was beautifully written ... I just didn't feel that engaged with their lives.

Jun 20, 2020

Very character driven. Interesting to me that the author writes from a man's point of view. This was a good read in 'CovidTimes.'

May 29, 2020

Great book
Loved it!

May 22, 2020

Rec from sally

May 16, 2020

Conroy son Danny narrates this family story of his rags-to-riches father, the mother who goes missing, his beloved older sister Maeve and the spectacular Dutch House that is their home. Covering nearly fifty years and many more characters with whom Maeve and Danny’s lives intersect, the consequences of life-altering decisions are at the heart of this well-told story.

Patchett slowly unravels the Conroy story. It’s a unique one. Beautiful storytelling, although the ending surprises and begs discussion. Not a Patchett devotee. Have started other of her books; first one I’ve finished.

May 14, 2020

I've heard of so many people who loved Bel Canto and thought this book was boring. I didn't care especially for Bel Canto but loved the Dutch House. It is a great story of how a place can have profound meaning for people, even when the meaning is very different. There's no big mystery, twist or action. Just a story of people, especially the bond between siblings.

May 07, 2020

I have enjoyed reading other novels by Patchett, e.g. Bel Canto and State of Wonder, and was always caught up in the personas of one or more of the characters. But this one was a disappointment. I didn't care for any of the characters, nor did I find any of their own stories even a bit interesting, nor did I care what happened to them. I finished it only because I still have it at home as the libraries are all closed for the duration. (May, 2020)

View All Comments


Add a Quote
Feb 27, 2020

"...the things we could do nothing about were best put out of our minds." p.70

Jan 21, 2020

“Habit is a funny thing. You might think you understand it, but you can never exactly see what it looks like when you’re doing it.” - p.255

Jan 21, 2020

"Disappointment comes from expectation, and in those days I had no expectation that Andrea would get anything less than what she wanted.” - pp. 58-59

Jan 21, 2020

“Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?” I asked my sister…

“I see the past as it actually was, “ Maeve said….

“But we overlay the present onto the past. We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we’re not seeing it as the people we were, we’re seeing it as the people we are, and that means the past has been radically altered.” - p. 45

ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

'Home is so sad...It stays as it was left, shaped to the comfort of the last to go as if to win them back. Instead, bereft of anyone to please, it withers so, having no heart to put aside the theft. And turn again to what it started as, a joyous shot at how things ought to be, long fallen wide. You can see how it was: look at the pictures and the cutlery. The music in the piano stool. That vase.' Larkin

ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

'You think he was sleeping with Fluffy?' I asked her... The news of this affair came to me as most information did: many years after the fact, in a car parked outside the Dutch house with my sister.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at TSCPL

To Top