Labor Day Movie Tie- In Edition: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – 16 Jan 2014
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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)
From the Back Cover
As the end of summer approaches and a long, hot Labor Day weekend looms, the life of lonely thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler is irrevocably changed when he and his emotionally fragile mother show kindness to a stranger with a terrible secret. Now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Labor Day is a poignant story of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery.See all Product Description
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Frank, in a few days, changes the lives of Adele and Henry. It is difficult to distinguish the captor from the captive. Frank is honest, decent, practical and surprisingly likeable. Adele is transformed into a different person, full of life and energy, careful about her appearance, a beauty, picking up on her old passion for dancing, with Frank. Henry has never seen his mother so happy. Frank teaches Henry how to throw a baseball (he is useless at sport), how to make pastry and pies.
Isolated from the outside world, Frank's story emerges. Brought up by his grandmother on a farm, he returned from a 2 year stint in Vietnam to be coerced into a marriage that was doomed to fail and then wrongly accused of murdering his wife and child.Read more ›
Labor Day is told from the point of view of 13 year old Henry, who lives with his mum Adele in Holton Mills, New Hampshire, and how his life changes when he and Adele come into contact with a mysterious stranger Frank in a local grocery store. It's clear that Frank is in need of medical attention but what is his story and how will their encounter with him change their lives?
This was an interesting tale of how a young naive boy has to adapt to the change in circumstances in his life, one minute he is having to be the adult of the household and shoulder more responsibility than a child his age should then the next he's having to cope with letting someone else take on this role. He's also dealing with conflicted emotions, craving the attention of a male role model but also having to cope with the jealousy that creeps in when it's clear that something is going on between Frank and Adele, as well as dealing with his own first experience of infatuation with a girl.
Set over the Labor Day weekend one thing's for sure their lives will never be the same again...
It's easy to see why this book appealed to film directors so will be interesting to see how well it adapts when the movie is released at the end of the month.
The atmosphere in the house where Henry lives with his mother is tense. Henry has to be the responsible one as his mother clearly isn't able to be there for him in the way she should be. He knows that and because he loves her he accepts her the way she is. His relationship with his father is a difficult one and they aren't very close even though they see each other regularly. Frank understands Henry and Adele which is wonderful. Even though he's got a troubled background Henry and Adele don't judge him and let him tell his own story. I liked that a lot. Labor Day is such a beautiful story with special people in it.Read more ›
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Couldn't put it down
A must read...
This book takes you on a journey with frank . Knowing that we all make mistakes can his be put right
The story is credible enough (bad guy turns out to be good: can't really go into the plot without giving too much away), but it all hinges on the voice: can a middle-aged woman... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Phil O'Sofa
I saw the film based on the book first and it was an instant hit. I have not yet had time to read the book just browsed a bit. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ms. D. M. Schwab
How lovely - a book that is every way as good as the film.
I saw the movie a couple of weeks ago and loved it, absolutely spellbound, so immediately ordered the book. Read more
I got this book after seeing the trailer for the film. Once I got into the book it was ok. It is a quick read once you have gotten into it. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2014 by Karen Gooderham
This book is going to stay with me for a long time. It’s one of those novels that seems to take you on a very long journey, even though most of the story is set within a small... Read morePublished on 22 May 2014 by Valerie L. Pate