Plus, The Dutch House’s fairytale-esque elements appealed to me along with it’s beautiful cover, so naturally it was high priority on my list of books to read. At this, Maeve is furious, having only just gotten her mother back. One day, Elna is driving Danny and Maeve and pulls up to the Dutch House. The house is nicknamed The Dutch House, after the wealthy Dutch family that once inhabited it. When Danny is 3 and Maeve is 10, she falls ill and abandons the family to work with th… It didn’t quite bring the story to a satisfying conclusion for me, but it’s such a well-written and engrossing family drama that I enjoyed it very much anyway. It was my first novel by her, and I was impressed by her writing. See the archives. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Their children, Danny and Maeve, were raised in the Dutch House. Maeve and Danny are astonished, especially when Andrea spontaneously includes Sandy and Jocelyn in the exile. I definitely want to read this book. Cyril and Andrea marry. When Maeve graduates she takes a job working for Mr. Otterson, a frozen vegetable distributor. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, A family drama about two siblings making sense of their childhood. Elna moves in with Maeve. The household help, Sandy (housekeeper) and Jocelyn (cook), help to raise them as well. I did not care that much for the book. Maeve reclaims a painting of herself that's still there. Believe it! It turns out that Andrea has extensive memory loss and is being cared for by a nurse and Norma, now a doctor, who moved home to be with her mother. Read the Study Guide for The Dutch House…, View the lesson plan for The Dutch House…, View Wikipedia Entries for The Dutch House…. Celeste is not exactly pleased, always having hoped she’d be married to a doctor. He hopes to take over his father’s business someday. Their mother Elna left when they were younger. When the family lawyer tells the children that Cyril set up a trust for education for Danny and the two Smith girls, Maeve jumps at the opportunity for Danny to start going to the most expensive schools—Choate boarding school, Columbia, medical school—to use up as much money in the trust as he can. Still, I realize this is a very subjective opinion, so people (or book clubs!) When Danny is fifteen, he and Maeve get the news that their father has died of a heart attack and falling down some stairs in an unfinished building. Fluffy becomes their nanny, and Sandy and Jocelyn are a part of their lives, too. I find Ann Patchett’s writing very pleasurable to read. I’ve read a few books from Patchett in the past and really enjoy her writing. After their father dies, the two siblings are forced out of their home by their stepmother, Andrea. It was built in 1922 by the VanHoebeek family, a husband and wife originally from the Netherlands who made their fortune in the tobacco industry. May and Kevin spend more time at the house, and May falls in love with it. Of course, this is an understated and somewhat interior novel, so if that’s not something that interests you, then maybe try something else. She also chose Elkins Park given its proximity to New York, which she already knew would feature in the novel. I thought Bel Canto was a lovely book, and State of Wonder was just okay, but still well written. The Dutch House is the eighth novel of Ann Patchett, an award-winning author of contemporary fiction. When this happens, Elna resurfaces, at which point she and Maeve become extremely close. In The Dutch House, Maeve and Danny are siblings who grow up in a grand house in Elkins Park. Maeve runs into Fluffy, their former nanny, one day. The only thing Cyril provided for is an educational trust for Danny, but not Maeve. Cyril Conroy, a self-made real estate mogul, bought the mansion in 1946 to surprise his wife Elna. When they get near the house, Andrea, now a very old woman, comes running out, hysterically crying and flinging herself on Danny. Even if you feel like I did, I think you’ll probably still find something of value in this story anyway. She does not at all like Maeve and Danny and barely tolerates them as her stepchildren; everyone does their own thing, and even Cyril does not seem too happy to have married Andrea. Danny’s business booms and he feels content with his choice. In college, Danny discovers his genuine interest in real estate and wants to follow in Cyril's footsteps, but lacks the capital to pursue it. It was published by Harper on September 24, 2019. 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.