The Dutch House
A NovelBook - 2019
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October 2019 pick. From Jenna: “‘The Dutch House’ is a beautiful, dark fairy tale,” said Jenna. Set over five decades, "The Dutch House" follows the close sibling relationship of the book's main characters, Danny and Maeve, as they navigate life's obstacles. “What I kept coming back to ... Read More »
By the end of WWII, Cyril Conroy's single lucky investment propels his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first purchase is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs of Philadelphia. But the house sets in motion the undoing of everything Cyril loves. Set over the course of f... Read More »
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"...the things we could do nothing about were best put out of our minds." p.70
“Habit is a funny thing. You might think you understand it, but you can never exactly see what it looks like when you’re doing it.” - p.255
"Disappointment comes from expectation, and in those days I had no expectation that Andrea would get anything less than what she wanted.” - pp. 58-59
“Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?” I asked my sister…
“I see the past as it actually was, “ Maeve said….
“But we overlay the present onto the past. We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we’re not seeing it as the people we were, we’re seeing it as the people we are, and that means the past has been radically altered.” - p. 45
'Home is so sad...It stays as it was left, shaped to the comfort of the last to go as if to win them back. Instead, bereft of anyone to please, it withers so, having no heart to put aside the theft. And turn again to what it started as, a joyous shot at how things ought to be, long fallen wide. You can see how it was: look at the pictures and the cutlery. The music in the piano stool. That vase.' Larkin
'You think he was sleeping with Fluffy?' I asked her... The news of this affair came to me as most information did: many years after the fact, in a car parked outside the Dutch house with my sister.
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