The Maytrees by Annie Dillard is a 216-page softcover published in 2007 by Harper Perennial.
Toby Maytree first sees Lou Bigelow on her bicycle in post-war 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 Maytree's 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, they're innocent Bohemian friend Deary helps care for him. But years later it is Deary who causes the town 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 a surprising capstone of Dillards original body of work.