DMA Arts & Letters Live: Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett’s much-anticipated new novel, The Dutch House, is a poignant and compelling exploration of the indelible bond between two siblings over the course of five decades. Danny and Maeve Conroy struggle to overcome the loss of their mother, who abandons the family to help the poor, and the subsequent remarriage of their real estate mogul father to a materialistic younger woman. When their father dies unexpectedly, the wealthy siblings are thrown into poverty and premature independence. As they grapple with questions of inheritance, love, and forgiveness, they cling to each other with uncommon fierceness. When they are forced to confront the people who abandoned them, the now-adult Conroys encounter holes in the protective cloak in which they have wrapped themselves.
Patchett is the author of seven novels, including Bel Canto and Commonwealth, and three works of nonfiction. She has won numerous prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.