The Dutch House
The Dutch House A Novel By Patchett, Ann Audiobook CD - 2019

I was disappointed. Two siblings suffer the loss of their mother and a fancy house. They perseverate on the house as the symbol of their loss. Danny fails to grow as a person and cannot adequately love his wife and children. Like his father before him, he gives gifts to his wife that she does not want, but makes no effort to stop navel gazing and know her. He leaves his own children emotionally - just as devastating as an actual physical loss. There are sources of help, but non are sought. Danny becomes a doctor only to deplete the education trust that might benefit his step-siblings. A selfish act in taking the position of someone who actually wanted to be a doctor and help people. I found no empathy for Danny, only disappointment. Even the very end leaves the house as the obsession. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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