Dutch House (Patchett) - Book Reviews

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(Starred review) [M]asterly…. [Patchett's] splendid novel is a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of obsession and forgiveness, what people acquire, keep, lose or give away, and what they leave behind.
Publishers Weekly

Not all of Patchett’s characters, particularly Maeve, are fully developed or believable, perhaps because of the narrator’s own limited powers of observation…. Still, this is an affecting family drama that explores the powerful tug of nostalgia and the exclusionary force of shared resentments
Library Journal

(Starred review) Patchett is at her subtle yet shining finest in this gloriously incisive, often droll, quietly suspenseful drama of family, ambition, and home.… Patchett gracefully choreographs surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with the need to be one’s true self.

(Starred review) [A] deeply pleasurable book about a big house and the family that lives in it.… [Patchett] proves herself a master of aging an ensemble cast of characters over many decades…. [T]his richly furnished novel gives brilliantly clear views into the lives it contains.
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