ducthHarperAudio is pleased to announce that Academy Award Winner Tom Hanks will narrate the audio edition of THE DUTCH HOUSE (releasing September 24, 2019) by New York Times bestselling author, Ann Patchett.

In THE DUTCH HOUSE, her first novel since the #1 New York Times bestseller Commonwealth, Ann Patchett once again pushes against conventional notions of family to explore the intertwined lives of two siblings, their inextricable bond to each other, and the indelible hold of the elegant childhood home from which they were banished. As witnessed through the perspective of the younger of the children, the masterful narrative—set over the course of five decades—unfolds as a series of sometimes clouded memories of a paradise lost, shaped as much by yearning as by truth. Patchett, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and Orange Prize, “is a virtuoso storyteller with an ability to create characters we can innately understand” (Chicago Sun-Times), and she here employs her trademark literary powers in crafting a story of the quiet heartbreak of loss.

Ann Patchett says, “Writing a novel is a solitary business, while an audiobook is a collaboration. Tom Hanks took THE DUTCH HOUSE and gave it a layer of depth and nuance I never could have imaged. To say that I am honored by his extraordinary talent is an understatement. I’m humbled, and very grateful.”

“The pleasure of recording the audiobook of Ann Patchett’s THE DUTCH HOUSE was that I had the pleasure of reading the book for a second time,” says Tom Hanks. “Those were pleasant hours…”

Listen to an excerpt from Tom Hanks’ performance here.


Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, What now?, and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. 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 thirty 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, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.

Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer and director. One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards, Hanks has starred in over 40 films, including Forrest GumpSaving Private RyanCast AwayBig and Philadelphia. With his production company, Playtone, Hanks has produced several award-winning TV series including John AdamsBand of Brothers and Olive Kitteridge. In 2013, he garnered multiple award nominations for his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. Hanks has received the AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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