Labor Day: A Novel

by Joyce Maynard

HarperCollins | August 3, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Labor Day: A Novel is rated 3.71428571428571 out of 5 by 21.

“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)

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 in

Published: August 3, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061843415

ISBN - 13: 9780061843419

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! It was one of those books I just wanted to keep reading. Great writing - can't wait to read more of her books !
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Not normally my preferred genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. A very well written novel about love, betrayal and hot summer days.
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read I loved this book, I read it in 2 days! Maynard has such attention to detail I found myself in her world. I loved that this story was from Henry's perspective. Hope the movie is as good as this book!
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed ! Interesting book.....so glad they were reunited after 20 years apart....loved seeing Henry grown up and a family after his teen years. Enjoyed this book...now to watch the movie!
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Labor Day This book was alright frustrating that the punctuation wasn't the greatest. Having no quotation when the people spoke was brutal but you do get the point. Unfortunately I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Labor Day Found this good at the beginning but a little boring half way through but it did pick up towards the end. Overall it was ok.
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Labor Day Loved the story!
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. Kept my interest. Good characters.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Labor Day Interesting story, I totally connected with Adele's emotional dependency to Frank and how in just a short time one can become accustomed to having someone make you feel like you are more than you allow your self to be because of some thing that sets you back. You have to get past that there are no quotations in the speaking part but all in all, a good read. I will go see the movie, :-)
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Labor day A great read!
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Labor day A great read!
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Labor Day Very slow and predictable read.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Labor Day Great story. Easy to read and hard to put down. I hope the movie can match the book.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Labor Day Great story. Easy to read and hard to put down. I hope the movie can match the book.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Labor Day Bit of a slow read. Very predictable.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Labor Day Bit of a slow read. Very predictable.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Labor Day This was a very good book. At times a bit anti climatic but a good, solid read. A heart felt view of the world from a child of a depressed mom.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Labor Day I really enjoyed this story - well written!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Labor Day Excellent.....a surprise how much I enjoyed it
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Labor Day Really good story!
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from hard to get into I didn't enjoy this book, it couldn't hold my interest. It was well written and flowed nicely, but it just felt like something was missing. Maybe I just missed the point of the novel, but nothing in it stood out as a defining moment.
Date published: 2013-08-30

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Labor Day: A Novel

Labor Day: A Novel

by Joyce Maynard

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 in

Published: August 3, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061843415

ISBN - 13: 9780061843419

About the Book

In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's "Atonement" and Nick Hornby's "About a Boy," acclaimed author Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy.

From the Publisher

“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)

From the Jacket

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, lonely, friendless thirteen-year-old Henry spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming with only his emotionally fragile, long-divorced mother for company. But everything changes on the Thursday before the holiday weekend when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank asks Henry for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons, about the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting those we care about above ourselves—and that real love is worth waiting for.

From acclaimed author Joyce Maynard comes a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenager—and the man he later becomes.

About the Author

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

Editorial Reviews

“an uplifting story told by a boy who is just beginning to understand what life is all about.”