The Dutch House by Ann Patchett at the Harbour Bookshop in Kingsbridge Devon

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

A powerful new novel about 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?' 

Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. 
Then one day their father brings Andrea home. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives. 
For behind the mystery of their own exile is that of their mother's: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.

Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of humour, rage and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale and story of a paradise lost and of the powerful bonds of place and time.

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