Salon@615 is pleased to present Ann Patchett for her highly anticipated new novel, The Dutch House. This event will take place in Paschall Theater at Montgomery Bell Academy.
About the book:
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
The story is told by Cyril's son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they're together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they've lost with humor and rage. But when at last they're forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.
About the author:
ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels and three works of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog, Sparky.
Reserving a ticket is a commitment to attend. In order to keep tickets to events like this one free, we need for the number of free tickets reserved to accurately reflect the expected crowd. If your plans change after you have reserved a ticket, please cancel your reservation or email us at least 48 hours in advance so we can give the ticket to another patron. If you reserve a ticket, but are unable to attend, you will be leaving an empty seat that could have been reserved by someone else. The success of this program and future ones relies on your cooperation.
Signing line information:
To join the signing line at this event, you must purchase a copy of the author’s latest book from Parnassus Books. As a Salon patron, you will receive a 10% discount! Books will be available for purchase at the event.
This Salon@615 is a free, ticketed event. Ticket holders should be in their seats no later than 6:10pm. Any seats that remain available at that time will be filled via an on-site ticket line on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for the on-site ticket line. There will not be alternative viewing locations once seats have been filled.
Parking info at MBA:
Parking is available in the parking garage near the soccer field off of Wilson Avenue. Additional parking is available in the MBA surface parking lots accessed by Montgomery Bell Avenue and at the Vine Street Christian Church. A campus map can be found by clicking here.