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Labor Day : A Novel

By (author) Joyce Maynard

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"Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form with Labor Day. Simply a novel you cannot miss." -Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Keeping Faith "Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks." -St. Petersburg Times Joyce Maynard, acclaimed author of At Home in the World, is back with Labor Day. The unforgettable story of a mother and son forever changed during a long summer weekend when a mysterious man comes into their lives. Labor Day is "a sexy, page turning, poignant story" (Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World) that "affirms Maynard's reputation as a master storyteller and shows her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart" (People)

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • 16 Jan 2014
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Movie Tie- In Edition
  • 0062313630
  • 9780062313638
  • 33,196

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Author Information

Joyce Maynard is the author of seven previous novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, and The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into sixteen languages. Maynard's bestselling novel Labor Day was adapted for film by Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman and stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Maynard makes her home in California.

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"Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form with Labor Day. From the perfect pitch of a teenaged boy narrator to the eloquent message of how loneliness can bind people together, this is simply a novel you cannot miss." -- Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Handle With Care "[The] story is moving and fast-moving, affirming Maynard's reputation as a master storyteller and showing her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart... Maynard illuminates the human experience." -- People (Four Stars) "Maynard expertly tugs heartstrings in a tidy tale. " -- Kirkus Reviews "Maynard's inventive coming-of-age tale indelibly captures the anxiety and confusion inherent in adolescence, while the addition of a menacing element of suspense makes this emotionally fraught journey that much more harrowing." -- Booklist "Maynard is in top form in this tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness." -- Associated Press "Maynard deftly pulls the reader into the fragile lives of these three vulnerable characters and their preordained march toward the novel's denouement. A marvelous read----perfect for one long sitting----this novel leaves the reader wishing it didn't ever have to end." -- BookPage "Maynard...is in top form in this tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness." -- Record Searchlight (Redding, CA) "beautifully written" -- New Orleans Times-Picayune "Maynard offers fresh insight into what constitutes family." -- USA Today "It is a testament to Maynard's skill that she makes this ominous setup into a convincing and poignant coming-of-age tale." -- Washington Post "Maynard details Henry's roller-coaster emotions for Frank -- he is both jealous and grateful -- and his mother's emotional journeys -- with skill and tenderness for the uncertain willingness of broken hearts to mend. The poignant results are revealing of our ability to forgive and to grow." -- Smart Money "Labor Day is suffused with tenderness, dreaminess and love...first and foremost a page-turner...[it] puts back together the world that it destroys...you definitely need to get a box of tissues." -- Newsday "a haunting and hopeful story" -- Hartford Courant "[A] sweet, swift read that will leave you feeling good." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune "surprisingly moving" -- Arizona Republic "The novel is an extended meditation on the nature of love, grief and loneliness... Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks. " -- St. Petersburg Times "Maynard gets inside the head of an adolescent boy who is grappling with his own identity and the mysteries of sex (while revealing the secrets of making perfect pie crust). " -- Salt Lake City Tribune "Maynard spins a fascinating story of damaged people seeking the one thing they long for -- love. " -- Wichita Falls, TX, Times Record News "Labor Day is a startling novel of love, friendship, trust, treachery, betrayal, and the deep lessons that we learn in life... It's a powerful, poignant mix in the hands of author Joyce Maynard and a novel no one should miss." -- www.Gather.com "Labor Day is both a coming-of-age story and a love story- a tale of profound loss, redemption and soul searching that is not to be missed." -- www.MyDailyFind.com "Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks." -- St. Petersburg Times "But apart from being a successful thriller, this book is a fascinating portrait of what causes a family to founder, and how much it can cost to put it back on the right path. " -- NPR.org "At once beautiful and disturbing, this remarkable novel...is a moving read." -- BookPage.com on LABOR DAY "an uplifting story told by a boy who is just beginning to understand what life is all about." -- St. Petersburg Times

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