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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,042 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annie Dillard Narrator: David Rasche Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780061472893
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • A 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • A 2007 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • 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
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurel | 2/20/2014

    " I feel guilty not liking this book but such a prominent and well-loved author, but it didn't do anything for me, except make me want to walk the dunes of Cape Cod. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/8/2014

    " Some books you love the plot, some the characters, some the writing style. This book had a lovely style. Some parts of it were so rich - I couldn't help but marvel at how they were written. A lovely book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 2/4/2014

    " Beautifully written. A new favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mar | 1/28/2014

    " dillard writes well, which makes the novel slow moving. the vocabulary etc. is high end and adds to the beauty of the writing, but may take away from enjoyment for some who don't have patience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/24/2014

    " classic Annie Dillard, fiction-style. A reflective book, with the feeling you know intimate thoughts of the characters. Story is told through characters reflections on events, rather than a report of the events. Beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 1/23/2014

    " SUCH a dissapointing book. Nothing redeeming about the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 1/16/2014

    " A beautiful love story - captures the idea that love can endure over time and can even survive betrayal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Enid | 1/16/2014

    " Beautiful writing. Lyrical. Beautiful story. One of those books to be read like poetry and revisited periodically. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 taryn | 12/3/2013

    " for book club. still not sure what i think of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 10/30/2013

    " 2 1/2 would have been my true rating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy | 10/14/2013

    " I was underwhelmed with this book. The writing was almost too spare for my tastes. I usually enjoy Dillard's writing, but this book is a little modern for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alda | 9/29/2013

    " long love "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel | 9/16/2013

    " Couldn't finish this dull, wandering book by one of the nation's foremost authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/2/2013

    " i really loved the beginning of this book and i had really high hopes. about halfway through, it got really weird and consistently got weirder until the end. it became almost unreadable and completely unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Ann Meyer | 8/28/2012

    " Beautiful, rugged, independent, and terse--language used so appropriate to the iconoclastic New England people and landscape that are central to it. Gorgeous and heartbreaking and real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 8/23/2012

    " Beautiful writing. Fascinating exploration of the nature of love revealed through the story of a man, his wife, and the woman for whom the man leaves his wife. Set in Cape Cod. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luanne | 6/5/2010

    " Sometimes you read a book and it just speaks so truly to your heart and your life's situation that it is like getting the wind knocked out of you. That is what this book was for me. I can almost not even review it because it was so personal for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/15/2010

    " her gift of words and how she strings them together makes for a poetic book. it is slow-moving, but that didn't bother me. maybe it is the time in my life, but I found their inward, self-centered reflections and actions depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby McKean | 8/29/2009

    " I can never get away from the movement of the ground under my feet with Annie Dillard's humble and humbling observations of human interaction. The earth shifted a little with this story of lifelong love in a family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 7/20/2008

    " Precise, minimal sentences connecting a fictive 40+ year love story like a constellation. As usual, Annie Dillard packs wallop in unexpected places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia Blasi | 6/6/2008

    " The most TRUE novel about long-term relationships I've read in a long time. Not generally a fan of Dillard's past works, but this one felt completely different from the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Higgs-Coulthard | 4/18/2008

    " I love Annie Dillard's essays, but I this book, although well written did not captivate me--it was too much telling about their lives, while never really getting me to care or feel anything. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 3/26/2008

    " Ugh! Has anyone been able to make it through this? I love her nonfiction, but the fiction. . . "

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