These The Dutch House book club questions unravel the tale of the Conroy family, filled with unconditional love, betrayal, and the echoes of the past. So, prepare to step into the opulent corridors of the fictional home where one family’s stories of ambition, sibling bonds, and memories intertwine.
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The Dutch House has earned the following accolades:
- Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
- New York Times bestseller
- Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick
- A New York Times Book Review Notable Book
- TIME Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2019
- Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, The Washington Post; O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Refinery29, and Buzzfeed
- 2020 Audie finalist for Audiobook of the Year and Best Male Narrator
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is an all-time favorite book of mine, as well as one of the best Ann Patchett books, best family sagas, best books set in Philadelphia, best character-driven novels, best books to read in the Fall and best audiobooks of all time. For more, read my full review of The Dutch House.
Discuss how Maeve’s and Danny’s parents influenced their lives.
What qualities made Maeve a good mother figure to Danny?
Discuss the unique cover art.
How did you picture The Dutch House in your head?
Is The Dutch House a positive or negative force in Maeve’s and Danny’s lives?
If you listened by audio, what did you think of Tom Hanks’ narration?
Was this Danny’s story or Maeve’s story? Discuss the point of view.
Danny tells the reader, “The story of my sister was the only one I was ever meant to tell.” Why do you think he believes this? Is he correct?
Should Maeve and Danny have forgiven their mother?
Why did Maeve and Danny remain so close?
How do Maeve and Danny process grief?
Why do you think Maeve and Danny often returned to The Dutch House?
What is the meaning of home, both in the novel, and in your opinion?
What did you think of the ending? How did it make you feel?
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Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House is a mesmerizing exploration of family, memory, and the passage of time, encapsulated by the line, “We overlay the present onto the past.” Book clubs will revel in dissecting the intricacies of the Conroy siblings’ relationship, accompanied by questions of inheritance, loss, and redemption with these The Dutch House book club questions.
It remains one of my favorite modern books and I highly recommend it to all readers, especially in audio format, narrated by the incomparable Tom Hanks better than just about any audiobook I’ve read.
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