Ann Patchett knows family drama. Especially the quiet and devastating kind. In “Commonwealth,” it’s a kiss that changes the course of two families. In “The Dutch House” it is a mother’s decision to bail on her family that changes the course of events for the novel’s two main protagonists, Maeve and Danny. When their mother leaves a house because she knows she will lose her mind of she stays, the door opens to that petite viper Andrea and her young daughters, Norma and Bright. Out with the old, in with the new.
Lives changed forever. And lives that won’t let go of the past.
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