Elizabeth McCracken | Annie Dillard

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Elizabeth McCracken | Annie Dillard, The Maytrees

Like all of my favorite books, The Maytrees is hard to describe: its plot is time, really, but it's about empathy and marriage and divorce and love and the consolations of art. It begins with the courtship of Lou Bigelow and Toby Maytree, who marry and move to Provincetown and become the eponymous Maytrees (other Maytrees follow) and it's full of remarkable characters and remarkable sentences. Some slim novels are spare and clean (I love those, too) but The Maytrees is crammed full, like an old New England house filled with geegaws and books and bricabrac. Above all, it is an intensely beautiful book.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of six books. Her seventh, The Souvenir Museum, a collection of stories, will be published in April 2021.


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