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What are you reading?: Love, Loss, Letting Go

Devon  Murphy-Petersen devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us
Devon Murphy-Petersen devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us

Annie Dillard is best known for her non-fiction book “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek”, which is often compared to Henry David Thoreau’s book “Walden”. This week I’m featuring one of her novels, “The Maytrees.”

Dillard’s spare and elegant prose offers up the story of Toby Maytree and Lou Bigelow, an unlikely couple who meet, marry, and live a bohemian lifestyle in a Cape Code artist colony. Against the backdrop of ocean and sand dunes, Toby writes poetry and Lou paints. After their son Petie is born life changes in ways neither of them could have foreseen. With those changes come love and loss, acceptance and reunion. Although it is worth reading for the absolute loveliness of Dillard’s writing, “The Maytrees” is a bit of a difficult read. The story is not linear, some characters are not developed, and several parts cover long spans of time in just a few sentences. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. I’ve returned it to the Waukee Public Library, so it’s waiting for you to check it out!

What are you reading? Send me your recommendations! Email is best: devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us. I look forward to hearing from you!

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