Book Group: The Dutch House (Led by Nancy Buehler)

Book Group leader Nancy Buehler  leads a discussion of the acclaimed novel, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. We have sold hundreds of copies in hardcover, and the paperback edition hits our shelves on  anuary 5th, 2021!

Space for this virtual book group is limited. Please register by emailing events@thebookstall.com.  Buy the book here

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About the book:   Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post; O: The Oprah Magazine, Real SimpleGood Housekeeping, VogueRefinery29, and Buzzfeed

Ann Patchett, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth, delivers 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.

Event date: 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | New York Times Book Review Notable Book | TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019