The Dutch House [Book Review] #ThrowBackThursday

November 4, 2021

The Dutch House by Ann Pachett

Genre/Categories/Setting:  Literary Fiction, Complicated Family Drama, Siblings

In 2020, I decided to systematically revisit my older review posts and update them. On Thursdays, I’ll be re-sharing a few of these great reads. Today, I’m re-sharing a character-driven story from a popular author, The Dutch House by Ann Pachett. I definitely recommend the audio performed by Tom Hanks for this one!

I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.

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My Summary:

“Siblings Danny and Maeve are living in The Dutch House when their mother abandons the family. Their father remarries, but after he dies, their (wicked) stepmother kicks Danny and Maeve out of her life and out of the house. Suddenly, all Danny and Maeve have is each other. This story explores their complicated lives and relationships.”

A character-driven, complicated family drama….

Continue here for my full review of The Dutch House…


Have you read The Dutch House or is it on your TBR?
(Definitely recommending the audio for this one!)



  1. Novels by Ann Patchett have always been a hit and miss for me (I liked only one of the three books I read), so I definitely wouldn’t call myself a fan. The Dutch House wasn’t for me, I didn’t enjoy it at all.

    I hope there are others who did like it.

  2. Loved this book – especially the house! I’ve read all her books and made a pilgrimage to her book shop in Nashville a couple years ago on a cross country road trip. Do you know she has a new book coming out? These Precious Days — book of essays.

  3. I agree Carol, I tried to read it and couldn’t get into it. Then I found the audiobook and was thrilled with Tom Hanks narration.

  4. This is one of my favourite book covers – I find it mesmerising. The book didn’t wow me in the way I was hoping it would because I found the sister’s attitude irritating.

    • While I listened to the audio narrated by Tom Hanks, I wondered if I would have enjoyed the print version. There were plenty of unlikeable characters!

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