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The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
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Jan 13, 2009

bookshelves: 2007-audio-books, 2007-general-fiction
Read in August, 2007

The Maytrees, by Annie Dillard. A.
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Annie Dillard in a recent interview said she liked Ernest Hemingway’s
style of brevity in his writing. Dillard’s book is an example of brevity of writing, where every word was placed with care, and you had the feeling there were no extra words. Actually, Dillard’s writing reminded me of May Sarton’s writing, and they both wrote about New Englanders.

In this book Toby Maytree, a Provincetown Massachusetts resident, was drawn to Lou, whom he eventually married. Their lives were entertwined with other nonconformist artists living on the cape and particularly in Provincetown. After their son is born, Toby becomes attracted to Lou’s best friend, Deary, and leaves Lou and his son for Deary. Nevertheless, the bonds of friendship and loyalty remained between these three over a 20-year period.


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