Labor Day

Labor Day

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Relates a story of love, sexual passion, painful adolescence, and devastating betrayal as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy--and the man he later becomes--looking back on the events of a single long, hot, and life-altering weekend.

HARPERCOLL

“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)



Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, c2013
Edition: First William Morrow paperback edition
ISBN: 9780062313638
0062313630
Branch Call Number: Fiction May
Characteristics: 244, 30 pages ; 21 cm

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MaryRohrbeck
Mar 03, 2017

Although I found this book to be a little slow at first one the pace picked up it was a fascinating story. The story is told from the viewpoint of a middle-school aged boy which I really, really liked. A love story between two adults from a young man who's sexual identity is virtually non-existent was quite refreshing and funny.

I didn't see the movie and I probably won't see it because I don't want to ruin what I have envisioned in my mind. Great story. I'd recommend it to any of my friends.

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mab0411
Jul 21, 2014

I really liked this book much more than I thought I would. I really related to the mum's faults and unapologetic attitude and I think Kate Winset was a very good choice to pay her in the movie.

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kmlangton
Jul 20, 2014

This book was much better than I anticipated - I only read it because it was my book club's choice this summer. The characters' decisions and the resulting consequences stayed with me for days.

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jfd5
Jun 27, 2014

enjoyed this read. Felt for all of the characters. Will watch the movie now and see how it goes.

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PJD
Jun 22, 2014

very emotional!

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atfrancis
Jun 07, 2014

Make sure you have a few hours of uninterrupted time when you start reading this book. You won't want to put it down.

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afrances
May 05, 2014

I'm currently reading this and am really enjoying it!

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katelh
Apr 20, 2014

I loved this book. Beautifully written. Likable characters. I thought the relationship developing between Adele and Frank was lovely. It's one of those books that you know isn't going to end well... but I actually really liked the ending. A great read.

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crayment
Apr 04, 2014

Nice story, easy read. Midway through the book Frank teaches Henry to make a peach pie - it made me actually want to try to make the pie crust too. A wonderful narrative description of how to make a peach pie, mmmm mmmmm.

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AlizontheAmazon
Feb 24, 2014

After seeing the movie I wanted to read the book. The movie did a really good job of portraying the book. I liked the book more just because it provided more backstory that the movie couldn't have done.

In both the book and the movie I thought the romance between Adele and Frank was a little rushed and unexplained, but it is portrayed as it is seen through the eyes of Henry so I guess that's understandable.

I would actually say that this is more like a YA coming of age book than an adult romance type novel. If you're looking for a romance book I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one.

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