The Maytrees

The Maytrees

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Sharing a simple life with his wife and young son in the post-war artist community of his childhood, free-thinking poet Toby Maytree is aided with child-care responsibilities by close friend Deary, who years later comes between Toby and his wife. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.

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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.



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Sharing a simple life with his wife and young son in the post-war artist community of his childhood, free-thinking poet Toby Maytree is aided with child-care responsibilities by close friend Deary, who years later comes between Toby and his wife.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008, c2007
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780061239540
0061239542
Branch Call Number: FICTION DILLARD
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 21 cm

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coastalkate
Dec 20, 2012

Beautiful phrasing and writing, but the story was very quiet and slow.

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BDLange
Oct 27, 2009

If you like this type of narration. I found it hard to read. A very small book, it covers a lifetime and is just not that interesting.

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Huntsville1
Oct 21, 2009

This is a New England love story between an unconventional couple.

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