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The Maytrees: A Novel

The Maytrees: A Novel
Author: Annie Dillard
ISBN 13: 9780061239540
ISBN 10: 61239542
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2008-06-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $13.95

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.

The New York Times - Michelle Green

As in all of Ms. Dillard s writing, transcendent moments abound. And the last line of The Maytrees is so lovely that it may send you right back to the book s beginning.