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The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
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Sep 09, 2007

it was amazing
Read in August, 2007

The Maytrees by Annie Dillard is a stunning work of fiction, following a couple through their life, both together and apart. I like these kind of novels, where quiet, profound moments lead toward something greater than it's parts.

The author's use of language takes your breath away. She is a truly gifted novel who packs a whole lot of impact into a tiny novel. The sheer depth of this novel is astounding. Absolutely lovely novel.

Lou Bigelow and Toby Maytree marry and create a life in Cape Code, beautifully described in this quiet and thoughtful novel of lives intertwined. Lou and Toby meet, marry, have a child and settle into a life of simplicity. While Lou is busy with everyday life, Toby is falling in love and running away with another woman leaving Toby to raise their only child. As the years pass, Lou and Toby move from love to anger to affection and finally, to love. This evocative novel explores the fluidity of time, its effects on love, acceptance and decency all contained within the ordinary experiences of life in this profoundly graceful novel.
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