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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

By Vickilane
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.

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