I tend to read mostly contemporary fiction and short stories written by middle-aged women but I am willing to try anything and everything! Ask me about all kinds of fiction, essays, and some other nonfiction in and around self help, urban spaces, and distance running.
There is an epic quality to The Dutch House. According to Merriam Webster an epic poem is “a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero.” This book is not a poem but it does feel as if each word is where it belongs. Our narrator is Danny and our legendary and historical hero is Danny’s older sister Maeve. It is tragic and dramatic to watch Maeve grow up through Danny’s eyes. As they navigate their lives, their only constants are one another and their shared inexplicable need to keep watch over the home that was taken from them, the home that was never really theirs to begin with. When you get to the last page, you will feel as if you have witnessed the passing of generations. If you have a sister or if you have ever wondered what it would be like to have a sister, this book is for you!