BookBrowse Reviews The Maytrees by Annie Dillard

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The Maytrees

A Novel

by Annie Dillard

The Maytrees
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2007, 216 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2008, 240 pages

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Dillard intimately depicts nature's vastness and nearness. She presents willed bonds of loyalty, friendship, and abiding love

I had to laugh reading the one reader review for The Maytrees at BN.com shortly after the book published last year, which fumes - "This book is HORRIBLE. I dont (sic) know what type of audience she was writing to but I was not in it ... It was like I was reading a vocabulary section from the SAT... No plot, no character development ...."

The, presumably, young woman is right, The Maytrees is not for her nor for anyone else who is young enough to be always looking forward and never looking back, who has never spent moments lost in bitter-sweet memories of times past or wondered how life might have turned out if a different path had been taken; nor is it for someone who has never stopped to wonder what the point of life is in the first place.

She is also ...

Partial Bibliography

  • Tickets for a Prayer Wheel (1974, poems)
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974, nonfiction narrative)
  • Holy the Firm (1977, nonfiction narrative)
  • Living by Fiction (1982, non-fiction narrative)
  • Encounters with Chinese Writers (1984, nonfiction narrative)
  • An American Childhood (1987, memoir)
  • The Writing Life (1989, non-fiction narrative)
  • The Living (1992, novel)
  • Mornings Like This (1995, poems)
  • For the Time Being (1999, non-fiction narrative)
  • The Maytrees (2007, fiction)

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