The Maytrees

Author(s): Annie Dillard
Original Publish Date: Jun 12, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.77 hours)
Product Number: Z100030318
Released: Jun 12, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780061472893
Narrator/s: David Rasche
Publisher: HarperAudio
Please log in to view pricing


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.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Annie Dillard
Product Number EB00242251
Released: Mar 21, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780061809743

Professional reviews

"Dillard (PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK) brings her renowned skills as a naturalist to their full height in this lush character study of a young couple in post-war Provincetown in a story that moves through their meeting, marriage, separation, reunion, and deaths. Who loves more, men or women, characters muse early on. And do they love differently? Listeners will be as enchanted by these unconventional lovers as they will be by the waves and stars that seem to give their lives a reason to continue. Secondary characters merge with the ever-changing landscape, offering shades of light or dark. Narrator David Rasche keeps all the elements on an even course, not falling prey to moments of possible overemotion. R.R. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"