Ann Patchett’s “The Dutch House” to hit the stands on September 24

Ann Patchett's "The Dutch House" to hit the stands on September 24

NEW DELHI: Orange prize-winning author Ann Patchett’s latest novel “The Dutch House” will hit stands on September 24, publishing house Bloomsbury has announced.
The book, a multi-generational story centred around two siblings, is a “masterful map of the strange territories that lie between men and women, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives”.

“‘The Dutch House’ is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives, and the lives of those who survive us,” Bloomsbury said in a statement.

Set in the Philadelphia suburbs of the 1950s, it talks about the bond between siblings Maeve and Danny living a comfortable life in their extravagant home (Dutch House) with their mobile father and mother. The story takes a turn for good after their mother leaves them and their father brings home the selfish step-mother Andrea.

“Though they cannot know it, Andrea’s advent to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve’s lives. Her arrival will exact a banishment: a banishment whose reverberations will echo for the rest of their lives,” they added.

Patchett received the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for fiction in the same year for her novel “Bel Canto”. Her other works include “The Patron Saint of Liars” (1992), “Taft” (1994), “The Magician’s Assistant” (1997), “Run” (2007), “State of Wonder” (2011) and Commonwealth (2016). PTI

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