Synopses & Reviews
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.
“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 Sisters 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 Maynards reputation as a master storyteller and shows her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart” (People)
About the Author
Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times
, a magazine journalist, a radio commentator, and a syndicated columnist, as well as the author of five novels, including To Die For
, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir At Home in the World
has been translated into nine languages. She is a regular contributor to More
magazine and has contributed to the New York Times
, National Public Radio, O, The Oprah Magazine
, the New York Times Magazine
, and Salon. Maynard appears as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City.
The mother of three grown children, she divides her time between homes in Mill Valley, California, and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, where she runs writing workshops.