Labor Day


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$13.99  $13.01
William Morrow & Company
Publish Date
5.48 X 7.96 X 0.65 inches | 0.44 pounds

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About the Author

Joyce Maynard started her writing career when she was fourteen. Her books include the memoirs At Home in the World and Looking Back and the novels To Die For (which was made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman) and, most recently, The Usual Rules (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults). The mother of three grown children, she lives in northern California. Visit her Web site at


"At once beautiful and disturbing, this remarkable a moving read." on LABOR DAY
"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. "
"a haunting and hopeful story"--Hartford Courant
"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
"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 has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks."--St. Petersburg Times
"[A] sweet, swift read that will leave you feeling good."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
"[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)
"surprisingly moving"--Arizona Republic
"Maynard expertly tugs heartstrings in a tidy tale. "--Kirkus Reviews
"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
"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."
"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
"beautifully written"--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"an uplifting story told by a boy who is just beginning to understand what life is all about."--St. Petersburg Times
"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
" in top form in this tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness."--Record Searchlight (Redding, CA)
"Maynard spins a fascinating story of damaged people seeking the one thing they long for - love. "--Wichita Falls, TX, Times Record News
"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 offers fresh insight into what constitutes family."--USA Today
"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
"Labor Day is suffused with tenderness, dreaminess and love....first and foremost a page-turner...[it] puts back together the world that it definitely need to get a box of tissues."--Newsday
"Maynard is in top form in this tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness."--Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers