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Try This While You Are Waiting: The Dutch House

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Are you anxiously awaiting your turn on the hold list for Ann Patchett’s newest novel, "The Dutch House"? I am, too. The story covers five decades and unfolds a family drama. A formerly impoverished family purchases the Dutch house as a sign of wealth.

Despite the climb to wealth, the children end up where the family started. Siblings Danny and Maeve must rely on each other. The story is told by Danny, and if you choose to listen to the book, Tom Hanks is the narrator for the audiobook! 

If you are drawn to "The Dutch House" because you love novels that span over decades, check out "The Children's Crusade" by Ann Packer. This story also spans five decades and is told from the perspective of four siblings. The story starts in 1954, in the area that is now commonly called Silicon Valley. The family is disrupted by the return of the youngest sibling when the three oldest are adults. 

"The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin is also told from multiple sibling perspectives. At a young age, the siblings seek out a fortune teller that individually tells them their death day. Some of them think nothing of it, others are distraught by the information. The story is told in order of predicted death days. 

For more sibling bonding, try out "Family Of Origin" by C.J. Hauser. After Nolen Gray receives the news that his biologist father has passed away, he calls on his half sister Elsa, despite the fact that they haven’t seen each other in 12 years. Their father was a Reversalist, a group that believes evolution is moving backwards, and his greatest desire was to find a bird he called the Paradise Duck. Surrounded by their fathers' fellow Reversalists, Nolen and Else reflect on their own past and what the future holds.