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The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BOOKSHELF - By Ann Patch­ett

The Dutch House The Dutch House spans the lives of sib­lings Danny and Maeve as they grow up in a house full of win­dows, so grand and in­con­gru­ent with their small Penn­syl­va­nian town, that it dom­i­nates their fu­tures, for­ever tug­ging them back to the re­la­tion­ships that de­vel­oped and foundered there. Nar­rated by Danny, it tracks back and forth through time, teas­ing at events as he analy­ses him­self and his bril­liant, math­e­mat­i­cally-minded sis­ter. The plot is gen­tle but firm, while Patch­ett’s prose daz­zles with de­tail and nuance, spin­ning a story that tucks it­self in­side your heart, so even long af­ter fin­ish­ing it, you take it out and turn it over in your mind.

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