The Maytrees: A Novel by Annie DillardThe Maytrees: A Novel by Annie Dillard

The Maytrees: A Novel

byAnnie Dillard

Paperback | June 10, 2008

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Toby Maytree first sees Lou Bigelow on her bicycle in postwar Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her laughter and loveliness catch his breath. Maytree is a Provincetown native, an educated poet of thirty. As he courts Lou, just out of college, her stillness draws him. Hands-off, he hides his serious wooing, and idly shows her his poems.

In spare, elegant prose, Dillard traces the Maytrees' decades of loving and longing. They live cheaply among the nonconformist artists and writers that the bare tip of Cape Cod attracts. When their son Petie appears, their innocent Bohemian friend Deary helps care for him. But years later it is Deary who causes the town to talk.

In this moving novel, Dillard intimately depicts willed bonds of loyalty, friendship, and abiding love. She presents nature's vastness and nearness. Warm and hopeful, The Maytrees is the surprising capstone of Dillard's original body of work.

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Title:The Maytrees: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:June 10, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061239542

ISBN - 13:9780061239540

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Profound I know Annie Dillard is not the easiest author to read, but I kept going back to her books. I found this one profound, both on its' own or because it touched a significant spot in my life at the time that I read it. The focus of the novel is love, how love changes with the years, simplicity of life and the priorities of life and the unemcumbered ability and opportunities to enjoy the ever happenstances of life.
Date published: 2018-05-31

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“A gorgeous meditation on one couple’s slog through marriage, separation and reconciliation.”