Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

My New Year's Day treat. A multi-generational novel centered around a grand house, its inhabitants, and their sometimes surprising obsessions. Love and hate and revenge and redemption come and go in the old house.

Patchett's a master at this. Beautifully, seamlessly told--the lives of all the characters from the owners to the servants intertwine--sometimes predictably, sometimes surprisingly. 

Kinda like life itself.

The characters grabbed me right away and I kept turning pages in search of answers: what happened to the missing mother? will the nasty stepmother get what's coming to her? will the various children sort out their lives?

A little like a soap opera, yes, but so well done.


NCmountainwoman said...

I very much enjoyed this book. Interesting and different story and well-developed characters.

Judith said...

The Dutch House is in my to-be-read stack. Maybe I should move it to the top.

Sally in Blk Mtn said...

I like reading AP, but have not read this book. Sorry to hear the step-mother falls into the nasty category. After becoming a step-mother, I did a bit of research and some soul-searching; the "good stepmother" role models are rare in myth and literature. Are we to be forever doomed in the collective unconscious?