The Maytrees by Annie Dillard audiobook

The Maytrees

By Annie Dillard
Read by David Rasche

HarperAudio
5.78 Hours 1
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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. Lou takes up painting. When their son Pete appears, their innocent Bohemian friend Deary helps care for him. These people are all loving, and ironic. Theirs is a simple and bold story. In this moving novel, Dillard intimately depicts nature's vastness and nearness. She presents willed bonds of loyalty, friendship, and abiding love. Warm and hopeful, The Maytrees is the surprising capstone of Annie Dillard's original body of work.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

A 2007 Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year

A 2007 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year

One of the 2007 Globe and Mail (Toronto) Best Books

A 2007 Booklist Editors’ Choice

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. Lou takes up painting. When their son Pete appears, their innocent Bohemian friend Deary helps care for him. These people are all loving, and ironic. Theirs is a simple and bold story.

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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The novel as a whole is beautiful, and the beauty is never digressive or ornamental…This is where Dillard’s imagination has always lived, in the stark and lyrical awareness of the profundity of the physical world.” Washington Post Book World
“In The Maytrees Dillard remains nominally loyal to those values that make her earlier writings both disturbing and rewarding: patience, the attention to particularity, the emptying of the self, and the submission of the will to necessity.” London Review of Books
“Dillard calls on her erudition as a naturalist and her grace as a poet to create an enthralling story of marriage—particular and universal, larky and monumental.” Publishers Weekly
“As she casts a spell sensuous and metaphysical, Dillard covertly bids us to emulate may trees—the resilient hawthorn—the tree of joy, of spring, of the heart.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Annie Dillard

Author Bio: Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and numerous other works of nonfiction, including An American Childhood and For the Time Being. Her novels include The Living and, most recently, The Maytrees.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English