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The Dutch house

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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. "'Do you think it's possible to ever see the past as it actually was?' I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer." 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. 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. 

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  • 15 of 36 copies available at OWWL.

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16 current holds with 36 total copies.

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Allens Hill Free Library FIC PAT (Text)
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Arcade Free Library FIC PATCH (Text)
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52112300440450
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Avon Free Library FIC PAT (Text)
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52113300510482
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Bell Memorial Library - Nunda FIC PAT (Text)
Adult Fiction
52114300200694
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08/11/2020
Bloomfield Public Library FIC Patchett (Text)
Adult New Materials
52133300135957
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08/13/2020
Caledonia Library Association FIC PAT L (Text)
Lease
52135300310589
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Clifton Springs Library Fic Pat (Text)
Adult Fiction
52115300372367
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Clyde-Savannah Public Library FIC Patchett (Text)
New Materials
52116300744365
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Dansville Public Library FIC PAT (Text)
Adult Fiction
52117300531901
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08/24/2020
Eagle Free Library - Bliss FIC PATCHETT (Text)
Adult Fiction
52137300137525
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